What's the best main crop potatoes?

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Re: What's the best main crop potatoes?
« Reply #15 on: August 04, 2011, 19:36 »
Or indeed, Ambo!
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Re: What's the best main crop potatoes?
« Reply #16 on: August 04, 2011, 19:43 »
I think that if there was a 'best' potato, we would all be growing it, but there are about 80 different varieties, so there must be a reason.

You are asking about main crop.  I had a similar issue and i went around all the main supermarkets in my area seeing what varieties they sell. There were about a half dozen or so and we bought each type  so see what they tasted like. Those that we liked I kept 3 behind and grew a row of five different types, and then decided on which one to grow.

I don't advocate growing supermarket potatoes, and if you cannot buy single seed then this may be your only way forward. Also what the farmers can grow doesn't mean that you can . I decided on Maris Piper and got a good crop decimated by slug damage. This year I have grown a red potato Disiree.

I suggest you store potatoes in paper sacks.  Not worth leaving in the ground. Slugs and frost will damage them and anyway you could use the land for brassicas.


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Re: What's the best main crop potatoes?
« Reply #17 on: August 04, 2011, 19:48 »
There's a darn site more than 80 varieties - that's the number grown commercially!

My local nursery alone stock nearly 100 varieties.

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Re: What's the best main crop potatoes?
« Reply #18 on: August 04, 2011, 19:49 »
There's a darn site more than 80 varieties - that's the number grown commercially!

My local nursery alone stock nearly 100 varieties.

 :ohmy: I'd never be able to decide, faced with that much choice  :wacko:
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Re: What's the best main crop potatoes?
« Reply #19 on: August 04, 2011, 19:52 »
Last season I grew both Kestral and Wilja.

Mrs FB has a truly remarkable palate, no kidding she would make a great food or restaurant critic and in a blind taste she said the Wilja were far better.

So I them gave both varieties to friends and asked them to take them home and let me know which were the best tasting. All said Wilja.

Like DD says I can see a problem devopling  :D

But each person's soil and localised climate will have an affect of how a variety  yields and tastes, Jersey Royals (International Kidney) are a case in point.
 
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Re: What's the best main crop potatoes?
« Reply #20 on: August 04, 2011, 20:17 »
But each person's soil and localised climate will have an affect of how a variety  yields and tastes, Jersey Royals (International Kidney) are a case in point.
 

Perfect example.  I tried home grown IK once and never again.  They were tasteless, and you cant say that about Jersey at all.
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Re: What's the best main crop potatoes?
« Reply #21 on: August 04, 2011, 20:19 »
 l agreer it depends on the soil and conditions, I dug up two rows of second early spuds

despite having not much rain I got 45lbs off 20 plants with some very large one in the mix with  no slug damage.

they are Kestrel I  will certainly plant them again.

They also make very good chips & roasties
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Re: What's the best main crop potatoes?
« Reply #22 on: August 04, 2011, 21:11 »
WILJA ARE BY FAR THE BEST

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Re: What's the best main crop potatoes?
« Reply #23 on: August 04, 2011, 21:45 »
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Re: What's the best main crop potatoes?
« Reply #24 on: August 04, 2011, 21:50 »
Be good people..you'll just confuse.....


ah never mind.......

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