Behind the scenes, thousands of varieties of potatoes are being tested every year with one purpose - to find the most flavorful, unique and consistently sized potatoes that consumers want.
Potandon, the potato company that brings us Green Giant Fresh and Klondike Brands, has been working in tandem with SunRain Growers, their research and development partner, to assess the different types of potato plants to produce the most exciting, flavorful potatoes to hit the market.
And they deliver.The opportunity to see how SunRain Growers operates is a real treat as this is where the magic happens.
It all begins with a different potato seedling, which has been tested with non-Gmo methods and then grown in their greenhouses, and then the most compelling of these varieties are then planted into the fields. We are talking tens of thousands of potato plants, by the way.
The varieties that are harvested at the test farms are looked at with scrutiny and critically, and the favorites are selected by the most delicious flavor profile, beautiful skins, size and color, and what might be considered to be the most purely delicious and consistent.
In fact, it is the consumers’ preferences that dictate the varieties that are tested and grown so that consumers can have the type of potatoes they most want and desire.
If the varieties under consideration have made the cut on all counts, then they are given the thumbs-up and provided to the other farmers to grow for the Potandon company, via their Klondike and Green Giant Fresh brands.
The selection process isn’t quite over, as the top of the line harvests of these potatoes are then the ones actually selected for market, ultimately what we are finding in the grocery stores and soon to be available for us to enjoy at home.