We recently purchased our potatoes for the year and they arrived a few days ago in plastic bags. We concentrated more on main crop varieties this year; the decision being made either after fantastic results from last years crop or from recommendations from others. We have Melody, Desiree and Sarpo Mira.
The Desiree are a red main crop and we had fantastic results from these last year. They were a good all-rounder and produced the smoothest mash and the crispest roasts.
We haven’t grown Sarpo Mira before and is a recommendation from Dan at Allotment Diary . He had great success with these last year. They have the added benefit of yielding vast amounts of tubers and also being resistant to blight which in our climate is a brilliant addition to their quality. They are a floury variety but also have the reputation of being a great all-rounder. I’ll let you know how they fare later on in the year.
Melody are an oval shape and are great for mashing. We grew these too last year and I loved the versatility of them too.
They are all chitting away nicely now in mushroom crates on the floor in my kitchen to develop strong , short, stubby shoots. More information of the chitting process can be found on my previous post shown here.