Another week has flown by and before you know it – 6 on Saturday is due. A very cold week which felt closer to winter than we have had so far, making me unusually grateful to have an office job by day.
This weeks 6 is an easy one as I picked my seed potatoes today at the east anglian potato day. This does mean the images are a sea of brown so apologies for that in advance. Quite local (40 mins by car) to me and found by accident after a twitter post from MarksVegPlot who I follow, mentioned his local event. The only potato I had in mind to get before going was Charlotte which when we arrived had already sold out. So moving on from that I managed to find some other interesting or hopefully suitable potatoes to try which are……
1, ‘Bambino’ an early main crop variety that is described as having good resistance to blight and scab. Usually I don’t get too badly hit by blight, but some resistance is never a bad thing. Not dis-similar to a salad potato, but (according to the description) slightly less waxy. Reportedly producing a good amount of small spuds.
2, ‘Carlingford’ This one is a second early potato for salad and boiling. This will be one of the options instead of the aimed for Charlotte and looking to find a nice solid early spud from this. Described as being like Maris Peer but with a higher yield; so high hopes for this. More vulnerable to blight later on so hopefully this will mature quickly and be lifted before the risk increases.
3, ‘Yukon Gold’ Another second early but better as a baker or for frying this time. Colour is described as bold yellow with a good buttery taste. I’ve had a few spuds in the past that produced very big tubers for baking so I am hoping this will surpass those by being a slightly more manageable size and a nicer flavour.
4, ‘Violetta’ Although my pictures wont show this (I’ll scrub some once grown to test this) they are described as having and indigo blue skin and blue flesh. I have wanted to try some coloured potatoes, and this one looks, on the face of it, a good choice. Flavour wise it is suggested that it has a slightly sweet taste (which could be interesting). A main crop variety so won’t start to chit this quite yet.
5, ‘Red Emallie’ Another coloured variety that my images wont show, red this time (so I get a variety of colour). Also a main crop variety, so I will have to wait a short while before chitting and getting in the ground. Looks like it should have a few uses including baking; which I hope will help show the colour off nicely, or it could be roasted or steamed. I think with both the coloured types, avoiding using the boiling method is probably going to be necessary to preserve the colour interest.
6, A quick break from spuds at the end of this 6 to show a couple of seedlings that have made an appearance this week. The first being aubergine ‘Bonica’ and the other is one of my Leek varieties ‘Lancaster’ (a change from my seed list as the requested was out of stock). Needed a bit of colour after the brown flood of potatoes for the previous 5 entries!
I also have two main crop potato varieties ‘Aaron Victory’ and ‘Pentland Dell’ – I will cover the results as they are harvested along with the other potatoes above. That is it for my shorter 6 on Saturday entry this week as I want to save more detail on the spuds for when I get to harvest and try them. Don’t forget to check out the Propagator’s blog https://goo.gl/dzfiqS for a full list of this weeks 6 on Saturday entries from a variety of great bloggers.