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Fingerling Potato 'Ozette'

Solanum tuberosum

Family: Solanaceae (so-lan-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Solanum (so-LAN-num) (Info)
Species: tuberosum (too-ber-OH-sum) (Info)
Cultivar: Ozette
Additional cultivar information:(aka Anna Cheeka's Ozette, Anna Cheeka, Kasaan, Makah Ozette)
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6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

Tuber Type:

Landrace - Heritage

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Days to Maturity:

more than 120 days

Bloom Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Skin Color:


Skin Texture:



Flesh Color:


Tuber Shape:



Tuber Size:


Typical Yield:



Waxy (salad)

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Brookings, Oregon

Kenosha, Wisconsin

Gardeners' Notes:


On Dec 3, 2008, curzio from Kenosha, WI wrote:

This is one of the VERY FEW cultivars grown in USA that is not a hybrid with European parents. Grown in US Northwestern Territories for some 400 years.

Planting spacing of fingerling tubers: 6"- 8" better than 12-16" - I tested the spacing on two rows of about 20ft length with tubers placed in a furrow about 6-8" apart and one row with exactly half the quantity of seed (12-16" apart); at harvest I found in the double-spaced furrow a few tubers that grew 6" long for a total weight of 6 pounds, while in the furrow with double-seed I found more smaller tubers (5" max. lenght) for a total weight of 12.5 pounds - more than double. More information can be found by googling Kenosha Potato Project.


On Mar 2, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

Introduced by Spanish explorers in the 1700's to the Native American coastal tribes in the Northwest. The original stock was obtained from Anna Cheeka, a Maka Indian of the Neah Bay tribe. 100-120 days.


On Mar 19, 2006, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

Very-late season heirloom. Fingerling tubers with bumpy, buff skin and waxy, white flesh. Good storage. High resistance to scab." There's some evidence to indicate that this variety came directly up the West Coast during the "voyages of discovery" in the 16th century.

The Ozette was introduced by the Spanish Explorers in the 1700ís to the N.W. Coastal Indian Tribes. Introduced to the fresh market by David Ronniger in the late 1980ís. The original seed was obtained from Anna Cheeka, Maka Indian of the Neah Bay Tribe where it is still grown today. The Ozette is one of the tastiest of all fingerlings. Classic in appearance with pale gold skin and creamy yellow flesh. The slightly earthy, nutty flavor comes through beautifully when lightly steamed or sauteed. Mid to late variety... read more


On Aug 31, 2004, s_hop from Wapato, WA wrote:

This potato grows quickly in the lower Yakima valley. Healthy and hearty plant, it took a very short time to go from tuber to bloom. I am growing a specialized solanaceae garden as well as cacti, xyerophites and annuals, for purposes of scvientific research with Berkeley, USDA, and NSF.As the greenhouse -garden manager, and a student welcome any questions that you have about these plants.