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Which potato?

Now is the time to start thinking about which potatoes to grow. We’ll be delivering seed potatoes from December onwards so best get your order in soon if you don’t want the disappointment of finding we’ve sold out.

Once you start getting into growing potatoes it can be a little confusing. First, you have to decide what type of potato to grow – Salad, First Earlies, Second Earlies or maincrop.  How much space do you have in the garden so how many seed potatoes do you need? How large or small do you want your potatoes and what colour flesh do you prefer?  And of course, most importantly, how do you like to eat them? New, baked, roast, mashed, boiled, as chips, etc.

Potato AnyaIf you have a large plot then you may choose to grow several different varieties, each best for a specific use. If you have limited space then you may be better selecting a general purpose potato such as that perennial favourite King Edward and maybe squeeze in a new variety somewhere.

We’ve even got a potato ideal for those who are watching their weight! Vivaldi is lower in carbohydrates and calories than other varieties.

When you do place your order please be aware that the potatoes will arrive in their own special cartons, separate from anything else you have ordered. They will be despatched between December and April but in heavy frost period we will suspend despatch as once frosted seed potatoes turn black and are ruined.

The following chart shows which cooking methods are best suited to the different varieties. We’re not saying, for example, that you can’t make chips from Pentland Javelin but we are saying that your chips would be better if you used Desiree or Kestrel.

 

The following chart shows which cooking methods are best suited to the different potato varieties
Boil Chip Steam Saute Roast Mash Bake New
Anya    
Arran Pilot    
Axona    
Blue Danube        
Cara          
Casablanca            
Charlotte        
Desiree        
Foremost        
International Kidney        
Kestrel              
King Edward              
Lady Christl      
Maris Peer        
Maris Piper              
Pentland Javelin        
Pink Fir Apple    
Red Duke of York            
Rocket        
Rooster            
Sarpo Mira        
Swift          
Vivaldi          
Winston      

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Our Suttons Blog comes from Lis Wallace, Head of Customer Service here at Suttons since 2002. Living on the edge of Dartmoor Lis has a large and “somewhat tricky” garden split across several levels but with the bonus of a stream tumbling through and a large, fertile veg patch. Across the blog Lis will share some of the knowledge she has gained over the years from her father, from working at Suttons and also from her own trial and error. Storm the Jack Russell is bound to chip in now and then. That’s what terriers do!

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