Thursday, 20 August 2009

Warba Potatoes

Warba Potatoes
Warba potatoes were our second crop of potatoes, after the Linzer Delikatess. They were to take 70 days from planting to harvest, but in fact we harvested them after 95 days. They died down a little oddly; most of the plants were likely not far off schedule, but a couple of the plants just kept going so we left them all until the last couple plants died down. We planted 2 pounds of potatoes and dug up 14 pounds; not a spectacular yield I don't think, but not awful either. Again, no question that our soil is terrible and we didn't add any compost. These potatoes are determinate, that is, they produce their roots, then die down, unlike later season potatoes, which will continue to form tubers for as long as you can keep the plants going. Gardeners should note that this is a variety that is very susceptible to late blight, although it is reasonably drought resistant.

These are very pretty potatoes, blocky and indented with a very delicate pale yellow skin blushed pink around the eyes. The flesh is very white and crisp when raw, and mealy when cooked - perfect for light and fluffy mashed or baked potatoes. There is just a faint, faint hint of sweetness to them, and they are quite mild in flavour. As an early, thin-skinned potato, I do not expect them to store particularly well.

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