Published online: Dec 22, 2008 Alan Harman
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Scotsman Morrice Innes is getting set to claim another world record with his vast collection of potato varieties.

Innes, of Oldtown, Newmachar, which is 10 miles northwest of Aberdeen, has what is claimed as the largest private collection of potatoes in the world.

Gathered over the last 12 years, the collection now totals 720 varieties, one tracing its history to its introduction in New Zealand by Captain James Cook in the 18th century.

"Once you start you can't stop. There are more and more developed every year," he told reporters.

"There are so many nice ones I don't know what my favorite is, some of the old French varieties are probably the best, but some of the old Scottish varieties are good, too." 

His mail order company Three Countries Potatoes sells 70 to 80 varieties.

Innes already holds two world records, including the largest display of potato varieties. That was the Three Countries Potatoes display at the Shrewsbury Flower Show in 2004 which included 589 types.