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Potato country
 
 

Potato country

The Netherlands is a potato‑growing country par excellence, where potatoes have been a major crop for many centuries.

It is the temperate maritime climate and the fertile soil that make the Netherlands an ideal area for the cultivation of potatoes. Most of the crop is grown in heavy or light river and/or marine clay, the rest in sandy soil. 

The growers' specialism and high level of expertise have made Dutch potatoes worldfamous. What has also helped to spread their fame is the great success of the Dutch Bintje variety. For almost a hundred years Bintje has been one of the most popular varieties among growers, traders and consumers all over the world.

But the Netherlands has more to offer than the Bintje variety alone. At present, there are some 250 different potato varieties in the Netherlands, 80 of which are grown as ware potatoes. They all differ from one another in cooking behaviour, size, shape, the colour of their skin and flesh, flavour, ease of peeling, dry matter content and time of harvesting. The range is constantly being expanded with the introduction of new varieties, which are specially developed to meet the latest requirements of the consumer. Dutch potato producers aim to offer their buyers all over the world a wide choice of ware potatoes.

New developments and innovations follow one another in rapid succession. This is a consequence of the close co‑operation between growers, scientific researchers, traders, food distributors and consumer and environmental organisations. This form of cooperation is unique in the world. The Dutch potato sector invests much effort and money into creating new varieties and environmentally‑friendly cultivation methods. The resultant improvements guarantee potatoes of the highest quality and help to protect our environment, now and in the future.