Try a different tater….

10 Jan

 

Midwinter is not, perhaps, the best time to be celebrating any crop, as it is not a season when many, if any, are considering breaking into the icy soil for planting.  However, I am told that it is the right time for chitting potatoes which is, in simple terms, preparing the potatoes for planting out when the warmer weather finally arrives.

For those of us who prefer to buy our spuds ready grown and local there are many choices of varieties and growers within Suffolk.    One of the more unusual varieties, not stocked by any supermarkets, is the Linzer potato, a delicious small and knobbly salad potato grown near Eye by Pete Johnson of RW and PM Johnson.  Pete told me that this was originally developed for supermarkets but it does not “behave well enough” for them as it is not as high yielding or as easy to wash and store as the more popular Maris Piper, for example.  Pete said “Despite its challenges, it has caught on as a potato with a nice flavour” and so Pete and his team continue to grow it to supply exclusively to farm shops across Suffolk. Available from late November until June it is well worth tracking down!  (Stocked at Alder Carr Farm Shop, HollowTrees, Partridges of Hadleigh and Middleton Farm shop.)

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3 Responses to “Try a different tater….”

  1. muddyhole January 26, 2012 at 10:49 am #

    Very impressed. Also very impressed that I’ve worked out how to comment! I’m inspired. Muddy Hole blog on its way! Looking forward to your next post.

  2. muddyhole January 26, 2012 at 12:32 pm #

    Very impressed. What’s next?

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