Bintje: the yellow pearl
Bintje is the most widely grown potato variety in Belgium and the one preferred by Lutosa. Aside from its good yield and excellent response to processing, it possesses an outstanding taste quality. Its lovely yellow flesh, well-rounded oval shape and fairly high average grade mean that it is perfectly suited to the production of french fries.
Early potatoes like Première, Fresco and Anosta, allow us to meet our needs for potatoes during the period from 15th July to the Bintje harvest, around 15th-20th September. The Agria variety is used for our organic range. Depending on our customers’ expectations, the Felsina, Fontane, Astérix, Markies and Innovator varieties are also used to produce our french fries.
Each year, we test new varieties suitable for new applications taking account of consumer reaction vis-à-vis the taste factor, response to cooking, colour and agronomic response (performance during the growing period, vulnerability to mildew and to viruses, response to long-term storage and, of course, yield for the farmer).