Bintje potatoes
Plant and flower of the variety Bintje

Bintje is a middle-early ripening potato variety bred in the Netherlands by the Frisian schoolmaster K.L. de Vries in 1904 from (Munstersen x Fransen) and marketed for the first time in 1910.[1] The name of the potato, a diminutive of Benedict, was borrowed from one of his former students.[2]

Bintje plants are medium-sized and erect, with purplish stems, dark green leaves and white flowers.

Bintje produces large oval-shaped tubers with pale yellow skin and yellow flesh. It has shallow eyes. The sprouts are purplish.

This high yielding variety is widely grown in Europe and North Africa. It is used for boiling, baking, and for French fries, mashed potato and potato chips. It is the most widely cultivated potato in France and Belgium.

Bintje is immune to Potato virus A. It has moderate resistance to Potato leafroll virus. It is susceptible to netted scab,[3] common scab,[3] Fusarium dry rot (Fusarium oxysporum), potato wart (Synchytrium endobioticum), Potato virus X, Potato virus Y, and late blight (Phytophthora infestans).


  1. Walker, Thomas S. "Patterns and Implications of Varietal Change in Potatoes". Social Sciences Working Paper (1994-3): 28–29. ISSN 0256-8748. Retrieved 22 July 2014.
  2. "Bintje (aardappelsoort (ras van Solanum tuberosum))" [Bintje (potato variety (cultivar of Solanum tuberosum))]. Etymologiebank (in Dutch). Retrieved 22 July 2014.
  3. 1 2 Bouchek-Mechiche, K.; Gardan, L.; Normand, P.; Jouan, B. (1 January 2000). "DNA relatedness among strains of Streptomyces pathogenic to potato in France: description of three new species, S. europaeiscabiei sp. nov. and S. stelliscabiei sp. nov. associated with common scab, and S. reticuliscabiei sp. nov. associated with netted scab" (PDF). International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology. 50 (1): 96. doi:10.1099/00207713-50-1-91. Retrieved 22 July 2014.

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