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Dr. Eugenia Banks, a potato specialist, shows off a handful of Alliston potatoes that were grown in a trial area in a field on 12th Line of New Tecumseth. The new variety was created by a potato breeder from Quebec named Andre Gagnon, and in mid-July, it was registered with the name Alliston with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. - Brad Pritchard/Torstar

New potato variety named after Alliston, spud capital of Ontario

By Brad Pritchard, Alliston Herald

You’ve eaten countless potatoes grown in the sandy loam soils of Alliston, but until now you’ve never chowed down on an Alliston potato.

Well, you better get those potato mashers ready, because there’s a new tater in town that could change that.

In mid-July, a new variety of potato named Alliston was officially registered with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, making it the first tater in history to take its name from the potato capital of Ontario.

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