August 30, 2009 at 4:30 am #249444
I tend to try something different each year. Last year was the year of heirloom purple and pink. They were ok – not my best potato year though. Fairly low harvest compared to other years.
I think I would prefer to stick with one variety this year in an effort to simplify things but might not be practical. So, maybe two. Good yielding, at least average for keeping and suitable for baking AND mashing are my requirements!August 30, 2009 at 5:09 am #429937
Nicola, nicola and more nicola. In this area anyway. I still grow king edward and pink fir potatoes, but the nicola way outcrop them, and this year I got a winter crop from the spuds I didn’t harvest last summer cause I thought they were all baked. I’ve supplied 3 families in nicola over the last couple of weeks, amazing!August 30, 2009 at 6:26 am #429938
Have to say that Nicola are very good to eat – especially when baked in their skin!
My favourites are anything that is easy to peel – otherwise, it depends what I am cooking.August 30, 2009 at 6:29 am #429939
i get blue royal or royal blue or something like that at our farmers market and they are scrummyAugust 30, 2009 at 8:20 am #429940
We like Coliban and Sebago for roasting/mashing and Nicola for chips/roasting.:tup: All 3 produced a good harvest last season.August 30, 2009 at 8:32 am #429941
Pink Eyes make the best potato salad and those that are grown in the rich, fertile soils of the Huon Valley in Tasmania are to die for! Christmas aint christmas without boiled pink eyes and mint, skin on of course!
DebAugust 30, 2009 at 9:40 am #429942
Ruby Lou did well here last year. I don’t know how they keep though as they got eaten too quickly. Kippler (? spelling) did very poorly here in less than ideal conditions only grew the size of my little finger. Pink eyes are yummy but I haven’t tried them here. Royal blue did well here year before and were tasty.August 30, 2009 at 9:55 am #429943
Kipfler just love emAugust 30, 2009 at 12:16 pm #429944
3 Nicola:tup:August 30, 2009 at 12:24 pm #429945
My favourite potatoes to eat are Tasman, Red Rascal, Pink Eyes, Dutch Creams. The Pink Eyes grown in the North West are much nicer than those grown down south. Sorry Deb, couldn’t resist showing that bit of parochialism. I never peel potatoes unless they have exceptionally yucky skins. I usually cook them in the microwave, but if we have mashed potates I peel them then. LorraineAugust 30, 2009 at 3:33 pm #429946
I grew the Kipflers in tubs last year. How easy was it to just tip the tub out and get the most delicious little spuds ever.
I really like Nicola too.August 30, 2009 at 7:39 pm #429947
I adore Kipflers, but I’ve never managed a good yield. My best results have been with Pontiacs & Desiree. They taste good too, just not as good as the Kipflers.August 30, 2009 at 9:20 pm #429948
That’s interesting Kippen – I tried a selection from Green Harvest of half a dozen different varieties (kipfler among them) and the only ones to really produce a good crop were the pontiacs.:tup:August 31, 2009 at 12:49 am #429949
You can pick the Tasmanians a mile off, can’t you?! 😆 We will all say Pink Eyes. 😀 I tried the Pink Fir Apples last year and loved those, but they were low yielding. Have put some more in this year though, as they were great to steam and then put in a bowl and have as finger food.
I agree Deb … Christmas just ain’t Christmas without the Pink Eyes! Absolutely, skin on!August 31, 2009 at 10:48 am #429950
We’ve had an exceptional yield 2 years running with Desiree’s – and they’re yummy too! :tup: Now we have them volunteering all over the garden where they’ve grown in the past. Unkillable – I even picked a few kilos last week that hadn’t died through winter!
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