November 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.
How to choose the best potato for you
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.
If 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.
Potato selection chart
|Pink Fir Apple|
|Red Duke of York|