As I squelched around in my wellies, planting my first row of new potatoes and trying to dodge the seemingly relentless rain we've had over the last week, I got to thinking about the many happy reasons for growing your own potatoes. They've been part of our staple diet in Europe for hundreds of years and are relatively cheap to buy, so why put yourself through the sometimes muddy and damp experience of growing them?
There are so many positive arguments for growing your vegetables and fruit and one of them is flavour. Many of the commercially grown potatoes that we find in supermarkets have been developed to fit in with modern farming practices, to give good yields and uniform shaped and sized produce, but have often been compromised by lack of taste.
The Pink Fir Apple is a main crop potato first brought to the UK from Europe in about 1850. It produces knobby tubers that vary in size and are probably a bit too weird looking, alien almost, for many mainstream retailers. Specialist growers and enthusiasts have however, kept it alive all these years for very good reason. It has a firm, waxy texture and an exquisitely nutty flavour. It tastes delicious served hot with butter and apple mint or cold in a potato salad with garlic chives. So if you like to make healthy, tasty food choices why not grow a few of these quirky, yet delightful potatoes?