Ever hear of Irish potatoes? These are the white spuds produced by farmers in our state.
The primary research site dealing with Irish potatoes is located here in Eastern Carolina.
Located just outside Plymouth in Washington County, the Vernon G. James Center is home to extensive agricultural research.
One of the main projects the center is involved in is studying new breeds of potatoes, their heartiness, appearance and taste.
Researchers take tiny seeds and grow them into potato buds. The buds are then planted and grown into full size potatoes.
A new breed being studied and not yet available yet, has a purplish skin and yellow flesh. The purple skin offers anti-oxidants.
The facility was built in Washington County primarily because our area's unique soil and climate, which are ideal for crop and vegetable production.