All the major potato growing areas in Finland have been hit by cold weather for three nights in a row now. Similar weather is forecasted to continue, so there is a big risk that potatoes remaining in ground will be frozen. Normally potato would be harvested by now, but the difficult season has resulted in later than usual harvesting period. This morning the temperature alongside Finnish west coast has been around minus 6 degrees Celsius. Temperature of the surface of...

Cooking potatoes in a microwave oven can be a scary thing. We have once burnt a potato here at Luonnosta for cooking it too long. Here are some nice tips on how to cook delicious potatoes in a microwave oven. The tips are collected from www.sidedelights.com. Baked Potatoes Cut a thin but deep enough wedge out of every potato and microwave them for about 10-12 minutes*. Don't cover the potatoes. The cut wedge lets steam come out and the results is a...

Antocyanin contained in Purple Potatoes such as Blue Congo, Bergerac or Violet Queen, may offer help in curing different kinds of cancer. Of course this finding is no quick cure for cancer but one possible step in fighting this deadly group of diseases. Read more from here....

Finnish growers are slowly starting to harvest potatoes for winter storage. However, skin setting is not yet ready as the growing season has been very late. Total yield will be significantly lower than average and the prices are expected to remain at a relatively high level. In Central Europe the yield are expected to be about 10 % lower than last year. The reason for this is the prolonged heat and drought during the summer as well as heavy rain at...

We have updated our product pages to highlight the availability of e.g. onions, beetroot, cabbage and carrots. These product have an increasing share in our offering, even though potato is by far our main product. Addition of other vegetables has enabled us to offer also mixed loadings to cater the needs of our customers. You are welcome to ask for a quote for anything you need!  ...

Luonnosta will be visiting the biggest potato event of the year PotatoEurope in Belgium on 2-3 September. PotatoEurope offers a great chance to meet old and new partners in a relaxed athmosphere. Please contact Antti Kuusisto, Olga Andreeva or Aki Aunola and we can arrange a meeting! More information is available at www.potatoeurope.com.  ...

The simplest of ideas often make the best business. A young entrepreneur Alex Craig from Texas makes money by writing messages on potatoes. The messages are ordered by his customer's who want, for example, to surprise their girlfriends. We have to give credit to Mr. Craig for coming up with an excellent idea. Hopefully potatoes can give rise to other new innovative ideas in the future. Read more from USA Today....

Finnish potato city Kristiinankaupunki hosts a Nordic potato event Potato Scandinavia on 21st and 22nd of August. Friday is directed towards professional farmers and Saturday boasts a restaurant day with top chefs competing against each other. More information is available at the event's website www.potatoscandinavia.com. ...

Finnish and international seed potato companies present their newest and best varieties at a field day on Wednesday the 12th of August in Jepua. Field day begins with lunch at 12.00. Exhibitors include HZPC Kantaperuna, Finnish Seed Potato Centre (Meijer), Perunaseppä (Agrico), Finpom (Europlant), Myllymäen Peruna (Norika), Danespo, Scanax (SaKa, Den Hartigh) and Bjälbo Trädgård (Semagri, Schaap).  ...

Potato is growing slower than average due to a record cold summer in the Nordic Countries. Around our office in Tyrnävä we have had only a couple of days above +20 degrees. In addition to cold weather it has rained a lot around the main production areas. This is in sharp contrast to the rest of Europe where temperatures have been steadily above 30 degrees and rain has been a rarity. Up here rain has been a constant visitor. In Finland...