The humble potato is not what it used to be.
Lambasted by health fanatics worldwide for being too high in carbohydrates, there is now a low carb alternative – Lotatoes.
The potato growers working with T&G (originally Turners & Growers) have produced a naturally-bred Lotato with 40 per cent less carbs and calories than common potato varieties.
Lotatoes are set to put spuds back in the spotlight and centre stage on the dinner plate. Grown sustainably on rolling hills in Pukekohe and Ohakune, the innovation was inspired by nature.
Just like with apples, kiwifruit and countless other staple New Zealand produce, by simply cross-breeding different varieties of potato together, the team have created a winner. Lotatoes look and taste like a top-notch potato, but without the carbs and calories.
Lotatoes grower Jay Masters says Lotatoes are ‘the spud of our dreams'.
“We're so excited that Kiwis get to bring their love of potatoes back to the dinner table.”
Nutritionist Abbie O'Rourke says recent trends have put potatoes out of favour with many, often replaced with lower carbohydrate or lower calorie alternatives.
“Lotatoes puts them back at the top of the shopping list. They're nutritious, delicious and a great source of Vitamin B6, potassium and dietary fibre.”
Lotatoes are also better for the environment.
Jay says Lotatoes have a growing cycle that is 25 per cent shorter than other varieties which means less water requirements.
Lotatoes are available exclusively in Countdown nationwide from June 2017, in a 2kg pack.
Visit www.lotatoes.co/nz for recipes, grower stories and more information.