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Vegetables

Potatoes (Solanum Tuberosum)

The potato is the most important of all vegetables, and one of the world’s staples along with wheat, maize and rice.

Varieties
There are literally hundreds of different potato varieties to savour. We tend to grow an ‘early variety’such as ‘Swift’ which we tend to harvest mid to late June. For our maincrop white potato we typically grow ‘Valor’ which is a good all-rounder with quite high blight-resistance. We also grow Red Potatoes such as ‘Amorosa’ and ‘Romano’ along with some slightly more obscure ones like the rather ugly but tasty ‘Pink Fir Apple’, which confusingly is a potato not an apple.

Origins
It is thought that potatoes were first cultivated between 7000-10000 years ago in the Andes in South America. They were first brought back to Europe in the 1600s, and introduced to England by Sir Francis Drake in the 1580s.

Nutritional Info
A good source of vitamins C and B, riboflavin, magnesium and other minerals, the potato has surprising amounts of goodness.

Did you know?
In 1995 a potato was grown in space.
 
 
 
 
 
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