The Smorgasbord: Malou

Published online: Nov 30, 2017 Seed Potatoes, Smorgasbord
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This article appears in the December 2017 issue of Potato Grower

For this month’s Smorgasbord, we turned to SunRain Potato Varieties, an Idaho-based company that grows and markets around 100 varieties of early-generation seed potatoes annually—many of which the company owns the trademarks to. SunRain provides early- and limited-generation seed to both seed and commercial entities.

One of SunRain’s most promising varieties is the early-maturing Malou, which produces attractive, round tubers with vibrant yellow skin and medium-yellow flesh with a smooth texture.

To learn more about varieties available from SunRain, visit     

Tuber Characteristics

  • Smooth skin
  • Shallow eyes
  • Round shape, uniform size
  • Bright yellow skin, medium-yellow flesh

 Agronomic Traits

  • High yields with normal inputs
  • Early maturing
  • No secondary growth issue in hot climates
  • Resistant to PVY, blackleg, tuber blight and Rhizoctonia
  • Fertility slightly higher than common yellow varieties
  • Sensitive to metribuzin
  • Medium to late storage

Culinary Quality

  • Good for roasting, baking, frying and boiling
  • Smooth, creamy texture when cooked
  • Buttery flavor
  • In France, where it was originally bred, Malou is renowned for its excellent flavor both roasted and boiled. It also makes a delicious yellow mash. 

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