The Tastiest Potatoes to Grow
This is such a subjective question and it is always hard to recommend a few varieties. It really depends on how you like to eat your potatoes. The three types are Floury, Waxy and smooth. As a general rule, most potatoes tend to fall into one of two categories; floury or waxy.
Waxy potatoes hold their shape and have a firm bite, so they’re great for salads or simply boiled and dressed with butter. Floury potatoes, on the other hand, fluff up when they’re cooked, making them perfect for chips, roast potatoes or baking. But there are varieties that fall in the centre, holding both waxy and firm qualities and these are defined as smooth. These make great all-rounders, and tend to have the creamy consistency needed for a smooth mash.
Our list of tastiest potatoes to grow comes from our family and we’d love to see what you think! If you buy all five of our suggestions, you will get £1 off each net – although of you don’t like our suggestions, any five varieties will give you this discount.
The Tastiest Potatoes to Grow - Pink Fir Apple
Well known novelty variety with long and knobbly tubers. Most people who don’t know potatoes varieties know the Pink Fir Apple. A firm white flesh surrounded by pink tinged skin. Waxy variety is always a delight to pull out of the ground and brightens any salad to get the conversation going. This one is Grandma’s favourite!
Another of our range which has a RHS Award of Garden Merit
Great for baking - Edzell Blue
A blue skinned and white fleshed potato which produces great flavoured and vibrant dishes in the kitchen when baked, mashed and fried due to its floury nature. Many of our favourite potatoes are old heritage varieties – these may be slightly more prone to diseases but have stood the test of time for a reason. That reason is taste.
This is one of Andrew’s favourites and served every Christmas as our centrepiece.
The Tastiest Potatoes to Grow - Catriona
Catriona is a favourite in our household as we have a daughter with this name! Although pronounced differently, we are delighted to have this variety in our range once more.
This variety produces a moderate yield of long oval, parti-coloured blue tubers with a light yellow flesh. It has excellent flavour and cooking qualities. This is especially good in salad and for baking. This variety will not be in supermarkets and so is a wonderful one to grow.
The Tastiest Potatoes to Grow - Casablanca
Chefs and cooks will love the versatility of the potato Casablanca. Good for all uses from boiling and chipping to mash and roasting. We love it here as it is one of the first new potatoes to arrive.
This potato variety has been awarded the RHS Award of Garden Merit because it has proved to be reliable in appropriate conditions and a good performing plant. For more information on RHS Award of Garden Merit plants visit .rhs.org.uk/plants
A coloured choice - Salad Blue
Blue through and through – and makes great chips, crisps, mash and a colourful salad. Blue skins and blue flesh make this a very popular novelty potato. But there is more to the 1900s crop, a gentle flavour and good texture make this floury potato popular with chefs.
Our daughter loves this variety purely as it it blue – she hates pink!
This list is just some suggestions for you – and shows that there is no right or wrong way to pick your potato! We have an entire page for the best roast potato to grow! Do you agree or disagree with this list? We would love to hear about your favourites on our Facebook page. Whichever potato you grow will be the best and will taste far better than any bought from a shop and growing your own allows you to try many varieties not widely available to buy for consumption.
We as a family are so lucky that we get to try so many different varieties and this list is in no way definitive and it does change! You can browse our entire collection by cooking type to find something to suit. We have lots of information to help you chose which potato to grow, as well as a great FAQ on how to grow potatoes. We are here to help at any time with your potato questions.