The Bamberger Hörnla potato variety is a heritage tuber that is still cultivated today in the south of Germany. This potato was never selected by seed producers and is not included in the German national list of varieties.
The earliest reports of cultivation of this potato in Franconia, the northern region of Bavaria that is the area of origin, date back to the middle of the 19th century although the variety is probably much older. The plant requires a light soil rich in nutrients, grows to a very short height and has very delicate and fine leaves and white blossoms.
The name Hörnla means “horn”, as the small tubers are croissant or horn-like in shape. They are between 3 to 10 cm long and 1.5 to 4 cm thick, and often have small hunch-like bulges.
The skin is smooth, semi-glossy, and is bright ochre in color with a slight red shimmer, especially around the eyes. The potatoes’ red shimmer is most intense when they are freshly harvested in September and fades gradually during their storage.
The Bamberger Hörnla potato has flesh that is deep yellow in color with an intense flavor, vaguely reminiscent of hazelnuts, and a unique texture, often called speckig (waxy). The flesh remains very compact after cooking, which differentiates from the floury texture of many other varieties.
Bamberger Hörnla are the ideal ingredient for many traditional regional dishes, such as the classic potato salad, but it is also excellent simply boiled. Under the right conditions, the potatoes can be stored until June the following year, without losing their intense flavor.
The Presidium was launched in March 2009, thanks to the work of the local Slow Food Hohenlohe-Tauber-Main-Franken Convivium and a producers’ association that is made up of twenty farmers – organic farmers, gardeners and professionals who have dedicated a small part of their land to cultivating the Bamberger Hörnla potato.
The presidium coordinators have requested PGI (Protected Geographical Indication) for this variety, and want to register it in the Official Register of Genetic Resources in order to start a new cultivar with the a selection of the very best tubers.
Various communication initiatives have been started to promote the Bamberger Hörnla variety and are carried out through a small network of producers, marketers, and restaurants in Bamberg and Franken as well as experts from the Bavarian Ministry for Food, Agriculture and Forestry.
Bamberg, Schweinfurt, Kitzingen, Nuremberg, Würzburg, Neustadt/Saale, region of Franconia in Bavaria
Presidium supported by
Association for Promotion of Bamberger Hörnla
Bavarian Ministry for Food, Agriculture and Forestry
Förderverein Bamberger Hörnla in Franken e.V.
Tel. +49 933790114