Released by the Tri-State Breeding Program in 2009, this early to medium variety is a possible replacement for the popular Norkotah. It has excellent fresh-merit ratings and exceeds other leading potatoes in its overall score.
Classic Russet has excellent tuber shape and appearance, and a high proportion of No. 1s, high solids, and good fry color.
The Classic Russet has a higher protein content than many of the standard russet varieties (22–32 percent greater). It also has a high culinary rating, with qualities similar to Russet Burbank. It is light and fluffy in baking and produces light fries after harvest and shortly thereafter.
Sold in fresh-pack markets and processed right out of the field or during the early storage season.