Variety Name: Purple vikingRights Holder | Breeder: Year of of introduction:
Purple Viking potatoes are generally small to medium in size, averaging 7-10 centimeters in diameter, but can grow to a large size when given too much space in cultivation. The round to oblong tuber has smooth, firm skin with a few shallow eyes, and is covered in mottled shades of purple and red.

Viking has some drought resistance and can tolerant adverse weather conditions. Very white and tasty as a mashed potato. Underneath the surface, the yellow to white flesh is dense, fine-grained, and moist. When cooked, Viking potatoes develop a tender, creamy consistency with a slightly sweet and earthy flavor.

Nutritional Value

Viking potatoes are an excellent source of potassium, vitamin C, and fiber. They also contain iron, vitamin B6, and anthocyanins, which are potent antioxidants that give the tuber its purple-red hue and acts as an anti-inflammatory agent to boost the immune system in the body.

Current Facts

Viking potatoes are considered to be an all-purpose variety favored for its unique marbled skin. Viking potatoes are a rare cultivar that is not commercially produced on a large scale due to its inability to be used for processing. It is considered to be a specialty table variety that is mainly found through small farms and grocers.


Viking potatoes are an all-purpose potato that is best suited for cooked applications such as baking, boiling, and frying. Their high moisture content makes them ideal for roasts, salads, and casseroles, but when cooked, the purple and red hues may fade into a purple-brown.

Viking potatoes can also be roasted and smashed, formed into croquettes and fried, tossed into soups and stews, served with cooked meats, or mashed as a creamy side dish.

Viking potatoes pair well with zucchini, artichokes, green beans, mushrooms, corn, meats such as beef, pork, poultry, and fish, goat cheese, and shallots. The tubers will keep over one month when stored in a cool, dry, and dark place.

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