Umatilla Russet was jointly released by Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and the ARS/USDA in 1998. This cultivar has attributes that make it an excellent choice for frozen processing.
Attributes include a high specific gravity, good fry color, uniform tuber shape, and good resistance to internal physiological disorders. Umatilla produces significantly more U.S. No. 1 tubers 12 oz. or larger than the Russet Burbank typically does.
Taste test panels have rated the flavor and texture of Umatilla to be at least as good as or better than Russet Burbank.
Grown for fresh and frozen french fry processing, with fry colors lighter than the Russet Burbank. In general, Umatilla Russet has less glucose and sucrose accumulation in storage compared to that of Russet Burbank.
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