Banana potatoes are a late maturing yellow-fleshed variety, with many small banana shaped tubers. They have been grown in British Columbia for at least 90 years and are widely available as seed potatoes.
Skin colour: light yellow
Flesh colour: pale yellow
Tuber Shape: banana
Origin and Breeding: Grown in British Columbia for more than 90 years. Research suggests that the variety may have been introduced to early settlers and natives by Russian fur traders. The exact origin, parental lines or breeding techniques used to develop it are not known.
Year registered in Canada: 1990
Yield: Low, high tuber set (15 to 20 small tubers per plant.)
Utilization: Very good for boiling, baking and frying; excellent salad potato.
DISEASE AND INSECT SUSCEPTIBILITY
Moderately susceptible: verticillium wilt
Susceptible: late blight, leaf roll, PVX, PVY
CROP-CLIMATE PROJECT PERFORMANCE SUMMARY
- Banana was the highest yielding of five fingerling potatoes grown in Gananoque ON; it was the second lowest yielding in Saanich, BC.
- Banana growth and development was very similar to the standard Chieftain variety when grown in Saanich BC. It produced fruits in Saanich, but not in Gananoque. In Gananoque and Williams lake, the plants never fully died back; at both locations there were still green leaves when harvested in early October.
- Banana produced moderate yields at four locations, and appears to be adapted to a variety of growing conditions.
- Under drought conditions in two locations, banana outproduced most other potatoes.
- No significant disease or insect problems were reported.