One of the signs that you may have potatoes under the ground is the presence of flowers at the top of the plant. The first new potatoes dug is just one of the most exciting events in the allotment growing year.
I couldn't resist having a little poke around the soil to see if anything was there, and here I found the buried treasure! The best, first new potatoes are just about golf ball size and best eaten as fresh as possible. So I went back to the kitchen and started to boil a saucepan of water.
I can't describe just how exciting this is. Something very primal about digging up buried treasure, or foraging for food. Growing your own food is amazing!
This variety is called Epicure
. I remember planting Epicure
potatoes with my Father when I was growing up on my allotment years ago. This is one of the most tasty varieties. An old Ayrshire potato which is described in the catalogues as 'floury'.. but I disagree. They should be more popular in my opinion, but they do have quite deep eyes which is not desired commercially.
Someone has decided that the British public want smooth, safe, blemish free, attractive looking oval shaped potatoes regardless of taste. This is the tastiest potato ever! (in my humble opinion). So with the addition of some fresh picked mint leaves...
and a generous coating of butter... I enjoyed my lunch! Bon Appetite!