Rita's Black

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Rita's Black
Maturity midseason
Growth habit indet.
Leaf type potato
Fruit color black
Fruit shape round, pear
Fruit size medium
Fruit type slicer
Variety type open-pollinated
Country Belgium
Tatiana Kouchnareva (B.C KO T). Rita's Black - ripe fruit. 2017-09-07.


Indet, potato leaf plants. Round or slightly oval or pear shaped brown/black fruits. 3-7 oz. Very good, sweet and smokey flavor. No cracking. Super productive. Better for canning than for fresh eating. Similar to Japanese Trifele Black.

Seed source:

Dan and Val McMurray of Wynndel, British Columbia, Canada (B.C MC D) 08 / Rita De Clereq, Belgium / collected from farmers in her local area

Year grown: 2017

Location: Zone 7b, PNW, Anmore, BC, Canada (760 ft above sea level)


70-80 days, indet., potato leaf, black fruit 8-12 oz, slight pear shape. Beautiful smooth fruit, full black flavour, slightly sweet, no splits, no BER.

Seed source:

Rita De Clereq, Belgium / collected from farmers in her local area

Year grown: 2007

Location: Wynndel, BC, Canada


  • Val and Dan McMurray (B.C MC D), who actively exchanged seeds with European growers, asked Rita De Clereq in Belgium to try and get hold of some of the local Belgium "heirlooms" or family varieties when they started trading with her. She found four varieties, two of which appeared to be the same, and which were later named Belgian Farmer's Beefsteak, Belgian Pounder and Belgian Heart, as the original names have long since been forgotten.
  • Rita's Black was a spot of Belgian Pounder, and it was named after Rita De Clereq.


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