Hybrid potatoes named after Finding Nemo fish “save roasting time”
According to an expert known as Dr Potato, a hybrid potato named after the fish from the Finding Nemo cartoon could save roasting time on Christmas Day.
Dr David Nelson said working with the new potato variety Nemo, which resembles clownfish due to its unusual markings, has been a “real labor of love” for the past six years.
Dr Nelson, who is the Agronomic Director of Branston Growers in Lincolnshire, said: âWe were looking for a variety that would not only taste superb but would also save roasting time.
“Nemo is a natural hybrid that was developed by carefully crossing a fast-cooking Peruvian variety with exceptional taste called Inca Bella and a popular red-skinned salad variety called Franceline which grows well in the British climate.”
He said there was a “limited amount” of the new potato this year, “but enough to cover the all-important Christmas time when roasting potatoes are most popular.”
Nemo potatoes have been cultivated and developed over the past six years by Branston, one of the UK’s largest potato suppliers, exclusively for Tesco.
The variety requires less water and fertilizer to grow than other varieties, and is 25% faster to cook, saving energy in the home, according to the supermarket giant.
Tesco potato buyer Hannah Moseley said: âAlmost everyone who has tasted the new Nemo variety considers it to be the best roasting potato ever, even better than the best roasting potato ever. King Edward or the Maris Piper.
âNot only do they taste wonderfully rich and buttery, but they’re also light and chewy on the inside with a nice golden crisp on the outside – basically perfect roasts.
âBut an added bonus is that they roast about 10 minutes faster than European varieties.
“We have a limited supply this year for the all-important Christmas season, but then we’ll have to wait for more to grow, which will be around September of next year.”
The potatoes, sold under the name Tesco Finest British Roasting Potatoes, are being launched by the supermarket as Christmas approaches.
Tesco said the demand for roasting potatoes this time of year is up by about 500% from a typical week of shopping.
Nemo potatoes were developed by Branston at their main site in Branston, Lincolnshire and grown at one of their sites in Suffolk.