Released in 1980, Shepody potatoes continue to be one of the most popular potatoes in all of North America for French fries.
Bred by Dr. Don Young, Dr. Richard Tarn and Mr. Eric Davies at the Potato Research Centre in Fredericton, Shepody potatoes were developed to meet the growing demand within the French fry industry in the 1960s.
They are widely grown in eastern Canada and in the northern potato areas of the U.S. The high yields of uniformly- sized tubers with high specific gravity, and high levels of disease resistance are just some of the reasons behind this cultivar’s success. In addition, Shepodies require 10-20% less nitrogen than other potatoes, making its cost savings an added plus to farmers.
In order to be a successful “French frying” potato, it is necessary that the tuber retain its texture upon frying. Bred to meet this requirement as well as the ability to reach full maturity in Canada’s short growing season, Shepody’s are the second-most popular potato in Canada.
Shepody was recognized as Outstanding Cultivar of the Year by the Canadian Horticultural Council in 1991 due to its significant contribution to the Canadian economy, the agricultural sector, and to consumers.
Photo Courtesy of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.