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This is the first time I’ve ever seen berries form on my potato plants. They look like unripened cherry tomatoes, but make no mistake they are extremely toxic and should never be consumed. These berries hold the TRUE seeds of the potato; the chits/seed potatoes we plant are simply clones. If you are looking to develop a new hybrid of potatoes, the seeds in these berries are what to plant. It’s no small task to grow from seed; apparently, it can take two years to get a real crop. You might notice that it’s uncommon to find potato berries. I think that’s because most of the potatoes we consume are species that has bred out the ability to form berries. They say keeping these berries could negatively affect the production volume of the crop so it makes sense to remove them.
I get berries every year: I think they are on my asparagus-, and solist potatoes: I don’t think they are on my sava potatoes. When it comes to potatoes, breeding new varieties at home is a teensy bit dangerous, because solanine alkaloid levels can go up if the new potato variety has retrograde characteristics: they were, after all, domesticated from a poisonous wild plant.
Most of us will sadly never experience the full gamut of potato diversity, but there is amazing conservation work going on among Andean farmers to preserve the full spectrum of domesticated potato variants, which were all bred from seed at some point!
#potatoes #indigenous #biodiversity #polyculture
MOSUL, IRAQ - AUGUST 9,10: Thousands of Yezidis trapped in the Sinjar mountains without food and water for days as they tried to escape from Islamic State (IS) forces, are rescued by Kurdish Peshmerga forces and Peoples Protection Unit (YPG) in Mosul, Iraq on August 10, 2014. (Photo by Emrah Yorulmaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)