A purple potato from Nova Scotia, named after Elizabeth Pugh. Garret Pittenger says that Nova Scotians were called “Blue Noses” because purple potatoes were such a large part of their diet.
Skin colour: light purple
Flesh colour: Purple
Tuber Shape: long oval
Origin and Breeding: Nova Scotia, Canada; named after Elizabeth Pugh.
Year registered in Canada:
Yield: Low yielding over 2 years and 5 locations.
Environmental Stress: Misshapen tubers may be the result of drought.
DISEASE AND INSECT SUSCEPTIBILITY
Growers in 2013 and 2014 in all locations reported the presence of scab on harvested tubers.
Garrett Pittenger is the source of the seed potatoes used in the CCP, and has been maintaining this variety for many years: “This is one of three maritime Canadian ‘blues’ in my collection. The other two are Angelina Mahoney’s Blue and Pugh’s Purple. They are all ‘Blue Nose’ types: long oval shape, light purple skin with a much darker blue ‘nose’ on the tuber. Flesh is white with blue streaks around the eyes when peeled. I am told that the Nova Scotians were called ‘Blue Noses’ because of this potato that was a big part of their diet. ” (Potato Gene Resources Newsletter, 2001).
CROP-CLIMATE PROJECT PERFORMANCE SUMMARY
- In 2013, Pugh’s Purple was monitored in 4 locations: Gananoque ON, Saanich BC, Metchosin BC and Williams Lake, BC.
- In all cases, it was one of the lower yielding potatoes and growers reported problems with poor emergence, brown spotting on leaves and scab on the tubers at harvest.
- Pugh’s Purple yielded poorly in both Victoria and Caledon, with .25 and .53 kg/plant respectively.
- Plants in Victoria showed brown edges on the leaves early in growth and only 5 of 7 survived to harvest stage.