A Numbers Game

The journey from baby potato spuds to a fiber-rich meal can take a minimum of 12 years with Oregon State University’s potato breeding program. Once creating a versatile and flavorful baby potatoes, called miniature tubers, the best-looking ones are shipped out for purchasing. In the last four years, Oregon State’s program released 12 new varieties of the 30 that have been released since 1985. These varieties are now worth an estimated $600 million to Pacific Northwest growers.

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