‘Orleans’ sweetpotato [Ipomoea batatas (L.) Lam.] was developed by the Louisiana Agricultural Experiment Station to provide an orange-fleshed, light rose-skinned cultivar similar to ‘Beauregard’ (Rolston et al., 1987) with superior storage root shape and disease resistance similar to ‘Beauregard’. ‘Orleans’ produces excellent numbers of uniform plants. Days to harvest for ‘Orleans’ and ‘Beauregard’ are similar in the Gulf South production region. ‘Orleans’ in North Carolina appears competitive with other commercial cultivars; however, roots of ‘Orleans’ are too long in California to warrant production. The roots are elliptical and consistent in shape in varied soil types outside of California. Because it has superior shape, yields are equal to and mostly superior to ‘Beauregard’ for the U.S. #1 grade (5.1 to 8.9 cm diameter, 7.6 to 22.9 cm long) in Louisiana and other Gulf South states.
Initially identified and evaluated as LA 05-111, the cultivar is named after the city of New Orleans.
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