Peruvians Breeding 'Super Potato'

New variety contains twice as much iron and zinc as conventional tubers

Published online: Jan 04, 2019 Articles
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Source: Fresh Plaza 

An iron- and zinc-rich potato, designed to help fight anemia, has been bred by Peruvian scientists from the National Institute of Agricultural Innovations in Lima (INIA). The genetically modified potato, officially called INIA 328 and unofficially known as "Kulli Papa" (lilac potato) because of its color, contains about 23 milligrams of iron and 19 milligrams of zinc per 100 grams, according to the researchers. That is about twice the amount as conventional varieties.