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Australia's First Certified Low G.I. Potato

By: Information courtesy of The Mitolo Group & The University Of Western Sydney

Potatoes are many peoples favourite food but for many years they have been incorrectly brandished by some as a 'bad' food…
For all you potato lovers out there, you may be interested to read about the arrival of Australia's First Certified low Glycemic Index potato, a variety exclusive to Coles supermarkets known as the 'Carisma' potato. The Carisma G.I. potato has a G.I. of 55 (the average G.I. of Australian potatoes is 70), because they are low G.I. Carisma potatoes deliver a slower, smaller rise in blood glucose for more sustained energy.

Carisma's low GI qualities were uncovered by the Sydney University's GI Research Service and it's now the only potato to be officially recognised as low GI by the Glycemic Index Foundation. This medium-sized potato represents all the great things about Australian produce. It is grown locally and occurs naturally, without any fancy experiments or 'accidents' in the lab. In fact, the only time Carisma saw a lab was as part of regular testing to check the quality and health of produce before it makes it to our tables and stomachs. It was here, through routine testing, that scientists discovered Carisma was different. It contained all the goodness of a regular potato - being naturally grown, here in Australia - but also boasted a low GI rating.

Carisma is different to other potatoes. The University of Sydney and the GI Foundation is in the process of trying to identify the exact reasons why it has a lower GI than all other varieties tested so far. Once this is known, the information may help to identify other low GI potato varieties.

What does the Carisma potato taste like?
Carisma is 100% naturally grown and farmed and looks like any other potato but has a creamy, delicious taste.

Where is the Carisma potato grown?
Carisma is grown by some of the best potato farmers in Australia in regions such as the Riverland in SA, Lockyer Valley in QLD and various regions in WA.

The Carisma potato needs to be cooked 'al dente' (similar to the texture of a potato in potato salad) to achieve the low GI rating however they are also very versatile and can be cooked in a number of ways including roasted or mashed, however the latter two methods may raise the GI.

How to cook the Carisma potato

  • Wash potatoes. Do not remove skins
  • Chop potatoes into 1 cm thick slices
  • Place sliced potatoes into hot (not boiling) water. Then bring water to the boil.
  • Cook potatoes for approximately 4 minutes until 'al dente'. Potatoes should be firm but cooked through.
  • Season to taste and serve immediately.


    Dec 17 2012 10:22AM
    couldn'd find charisma but found nicola which is supposed to be as good.
    Comment by: jill
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