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A potato that has proven to be a hit with those on diets is being grown in Israel when off-season in the UK.
The Vivaldi potato currently sold at Sainsbury's under the Taste the Difference’ premium range of products contains 12.7g of carbs compared to 17.2g in regular potatoes and also 50 calories per 100g compared to 75 calories in other potatoes.
Developed by Naturally Best, the Vivaldi is being scaled up to be grown in other parts of the world including Israel and Egypt so that it an be supplied throughout the year.
According to the company it took nine years to develop the Vivaldi.
"It was done traditionally, by picking potatoes that have traits that you like then crossing those with a range of other varieties until you find something that works," "Alison Watson, technical manager of Naturally Best told the Daily Telegraph. "There have been low carbohydrate potatoes in America with similar values to this, but they do not have the taste."
In Israel, 13 kibbutzim that are part of the Hevel Maon cooperative in the Western Negev desert are growing the potato for demand in the UK as well as other countries.
The potato can be used in all type of cooking including baking, boiling, baking and even frying.
While UK consumers can buy it at Sainsbury's, in Israel, the Vivaldi potato is being sold under the Dod Moshe label.
For more information: www.nbest.co.uk