Esmee

A second early ware variety with a nice red skin, good heat tolerance and a good yield.

  • Retail | Traditional
  • Beautiful appearance
  • Large tubers
  • Multiple virus resistances

Suitable markets

Traditional

Retail

Fresh

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Product manager Martin Pot about Esmee

Our product manager Martin Pot tells you more about the variety Esmee. This variety has a yellow flesh and is rather firm cooking. 

Most important Esmee characteristics

Plant and tuber

  • Maturity
    Second early | 6,5
  • Tuber shape
    Oval long
  • Flesh Colour
    Yellow | 7
  • 5 low | 9 high
    Tuberisation
    Average | 6
  • 5 small | 8 large
    Tuber size
    Large | 8
  • 3 insufficient | 8 excellent
    Skin finish
    Excellent | 8
  • Skin colour
    Red
  • Flower colour
    Light purple
  • 4 none | 8 many
    Number of berries
    None | 4
  • 4 slow | 8 fast
    Foliage: - initial development
    Average | 7
  • 4 slow | 8 fast
    Foliage: - final development
    Quite good | 7,5
  • Foliage: - selectability
    Quite easy | 7
  • 4 weak | 8 firm
    Foliage: - firmness
    Quite firm | 7
  • Lightsprout colour
    Red violet
  • 4 irregular | 8 regular
    Regularity of tuber shape
    Quite regular | 6,5
  • 5 irregular | 8 regular
    Regularity of size
    Regular | 7

Sensitivity and quality

  • 6 average | 9 high
    Relative yield
    Quite high | 7,5
  • A firm | AB rather firm | B rather floury | BC floury | C floury
    Cooking type
    Rather firm | AB
  • 300 low | 500 high
    Underwater weight
    326
  • 4 short | 8 long
    Dormancy
    Average | 6
  • Harvest damage
    Quite sensitive | 6,5
  • 3 very sensitive | 8 minimum tot none sensitive
    Metribuzin
    Very sensitive | 4
  • 3 very sensitive | 8 minimum tot none sensitive
    Bentazon
    Minimum sensitive | 7
  • 4 poor result | 8 good result
    Ethylene
    5% to 5% fewer or more tubers | 5
  • 4 very sensitive | 8 minimum to none sensitive
    Secondary growth
    Quite sensitive | 6,5
  • 4 very sensitive | 8 minimum to none sensitive
    Growth cracks
    Quite sensitive | 6
  • 4 very sensitive | 8 minimum to none sensitive
    Black spot
    Minimum to nonsensitive | 8
  • 17% low | 26,5% high
    Dry matter content
    18,0%
  • 5 moderate | 8 excellent
    Dry matter distribution
    -
  • 1 very low | 11 quite high
    TGA level
    8,2
  • 4 very sensitive | 8 minimum to none sensitive
    Raw discolouration
    Quite sensitive | 6
  • 4 very sensitive | 8 minimum to none sensitive
    Gray discolouration (after cooking)
    Sensitive | 5,5
  • 4 unsuitable | 8 excellent
    Fries quality
    Average | 6
  • 4 unsuitable | 8 excellent
    Crisping quality
    Unsuitable | 4

Resistance

  • Late blight foliage
    Very susceptible | 4,5
  • Late blight tuber
    Minimum susceptible | 7
  • Common scab
    Minimum susceptible | 6
  • PCN Ro 1/4
    -
  • PCN Ro 2/3
    Field resistant* | 8*
  • PCN Pa 2
    -
  • PCN Pa 3
    -
  • Powdery scab
    Minimum susceptible | 6,5
  • Fusarium
    Minimum susceptible | 7
  • Erwinia
    Minimum susceptible | 7
  • Black dot
    Susceptible | 5,5
  • Spraing
    Very susceptible | 4
  • Leafroll
    -
  • Virus - A
    -
  • resistancesX
    Minimum to non susceptible | 8
  • Virus - Yn
    Minimum to non susceptible | 8
  • Virus - Yntn (tuber symptoms)
    Minimum susceptible | 7
  • Wart disease F1
    Resistant | 10
  • Wart disease F6
    -
  • Wart disease F18
    -

Background

This variety is a cross between Laura and Rodeo. Laura is a frequently used parent in various potato breeding programs. The variety has a very solid shape, a beautiful red skin and yellow flesh. Rodeo is a variety known for its capacity for good yields in various climates. This great combination results in an attractive potato – the Esmee variety. This variety is intended for the early red-skinned market and was bred by Agrico Research. It also has other good properties such as excellent consumption quality and good virus resistance, and it is easy to grow.

Esmee is originally a French name that means “beloved” and we believe that it suits this variety well. Esmee is also a common girl’s name and easy to pronounce in many languages.

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Martin Pot

Would you like to know more about the Esmee?

The best way to guarantee a good harvest and the best return on your investment is to start out with healthy, high-quality seed potatoes and expert advice. At Agrico, we are committed to and invest in knowledge and research. This has enabled us to cultivate a wide range of unique potato varieties that display effective resistance, strong variety characteristics and a high yield. Naturally, the seed potatoes we supply are fully certified.

If you have any specific questions about the Esmee or would like to know what Agrico can do for you with respect to varieties, please feel free to contact us.

Martin Pot

Product Manager