Christmas Potatoes

With just one week to go to the “Big Day”, and the all important Christmas Dinner, now is a good time to stock up on some items that will keep. In our ranges with all the fresh produce, this means root veggies, and most notably of course the humble potato.

First of all, if you want to stock up we have some bargains:

  • Maris Pipers still £9.99 for a 25kg sack
  • Desiree and Estima both in 12.5kg sacks for just £4.50.

For something special – we now have in the totally delicious Christmas treat (if a potato can be classed as a treat) Mayan Gold. These are available by a 5kg box, or loose and priced per kg. These fabulous potatoes are best tried along side your standard roast potatoes to really experience the difference in look and flavour.

Mayan Gold is a unique heritage variety, because they are the first potato in the UK from the indigenous Phureja potatoes of Peru. Mayan Gold have a rich golden colour and a moreish flavour. They have a fluffy flesh which results in excellent roasties, chips and jackets.

For some stunning coloured potatoes come and try the Vitelotte Potato – an vivid purple with a lot of history….

Vitelotte potatoes are best suited for boiling, steaming, baking, and frying. Used on their own or along with other potatoes, they make for an excellent potato mash. Unlike some other purple-hued vegetables, Vitelotte potatoes will retain their purple color even when cooked and are best showcased in potato salads or a roast of tubers. Vitelotte potatoes can be cooked and pureed to make purple-hued soups and sauces or fried to make purple chips and crisps. Their dry texture also makes them ideal for making potato pancakes and gnocchi. Vitelotte potatoes pair well with garlic, beets, watercress, parsley, cherry tomatoes, avocado, crème fresh, olive oil, pancetta, white pepper, blue cheese, and balsamic vinegar. They will keep up to three weeks when stored in a cool, dry, and dark place away from moisture and refrigeration.

Before receiving the name, Vitelotte, these vibrant purple tubers are believed to have originated in ancient Peru nearly 800 years ago. Their introduction to France is said to have occurred in the 19th century when they were also known as Vitelotte Noir and the Négresse potato. Louis XVI granted Antoine-Augustin Parmentier, a botanist and potato cultivator, several acres of land outside of Paris to grow potatoes and once planted he kept the farm heavily guarded. This created a stir in the community as to what valuable crops might be planted there. Strategically one night he left the farm unguarded and just as he suspected local farmers came and stole the plants and began growing them on their farms. Not long after, the potato became accepted as a food source in France and rose to achieve royal approval. Today, Vitelotte potatoes are grown predominately in France and in this country and can also be found in specialty grocers and farmers markets throughout Europe.

For a Boxing Day salad or leftover, as there won’t be any roasties left, the very special Pink Fir Apple Potatoes should definitely be tried.

Pink Fir Apple potatoes are long, narrow and famously knobbly. They probably look more a Jerusalem artichoke than a potato. They are an old French heritage fingerling variety dating back to the mid-19th century. The skin is part pink and part white with a firm flesh. They have a wonderful nutty, earthy flavour and are great boiled, steamed or in salads. . They are amazing served them warm, tossed in the best olive oil you can afford with a bit of crunchy sea salt and a scattering of fresh herbs and ta-dah, you have a tasty a meal in its own right.

Of course we also have our usual potato ranges available too., and not forgetting Christmas Orders close this Saturday.