Potatoes are delicious no matter how you slice, dice, or mash them.They are a staple food in many cultures and it would be difficult to live without them.
The flavour of a freshly-unearthed tuber from your own garden is incomparable to store-bought potatoes.I will give you examples of the different characteristics of potatoes so that you can pick the best one to grow.
Which potatoes are the best for gardening?Which will grow the best and have the largest yield?Which potatoes are better?
The simplest answer is that every garden has its own preferences.Some varieties guaranteed an abundant crop full of flavour.
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When choosing a potato variety to plant, there are a few things to consider.
Potatoes are vulnerable to a number of infections such as potato blight and scurf.It is best to choose a variety that is resistant or tolerant to the disease because it can wipe out an entire crop in a few days.
Every growing season offers the chance to try a different type of potato, because new varieties are constantly being developed.
Blight can be avoided by growing varieties that are typically harvest before the hot and humid weather of late summer.
The first early potatoes can be lifted in June or July, followed by the second earlies in July or August.
Many growers say organically grown potatoes have the best flavour.It can be difficult to grow potatoes without the use of pesticides.
Some potatoes are softer than others.There are many different types of potatoes as well.Flavours can change.It’s a matter of preference for the home gardener.
The hundreds of different potato varieties can all be categorized as either fluffy or waxy, including colorful potatoes, fingerling varieties, or new potatoes.Strict categorization is difficult when some types fall under more than one category.
Each category of potato needs to be prepared and cooked in a certain way to get its best flavour and texture.
The potatoes don’t have structural integrity and are fluffy.These are great for mashing and boiling.
russets are typically dry and mealy with rough brown skin and white flesh.They are easy to cook and bake.They should not be used for casseroles, gratin, or potato salads because they do not hold their shape well.
The Idaho potato, also known as the Russet Burbank, is the most popular potato in the U.S., with a neutral flavour.It was developed in the 1870s.The Goldrush, Norgold is an early variety which is a great choice for areas with short, cool growing seasons.
White potatoes, with their smooth, thin and light-coloured skins, are a great all-purpose crop that can be creamy and moist when baked.
The Onaway with its light tan skin and butter flavour is an excellent choice for the home gardener while the Elba is resistant to both disease and drought.
Excellent mashed potatoes can be made from Irish Cobbler, a popular heirloom variety.
The classic potato flavour of this variety is ideal for making French Fries, but the fluffy, creamy, and soft texture of the Katahdin makes them a poor choice for any dish that requires the potatoes to hold their shape.
One of the top ten tubers in the Northeast United States, this variety grows well in harsh conditions and is delicious when baked with the skin on.People left great reviews after growing this variety.
These varieties often have a creamy, firm and moist flesh.They are great for roasting, boiling, casseroles, but are most popular to go into salads and eat cold.
The Carola potatoes have a strong, classic flavour with some nutty and creamy notes.
The Adirondack Blue or Adirondack Red are both colorful.The former has a rich and nutty flavour that can be roasted or faded to a bluish tone when mashed, while the latter has red skin with pink to red flesh that may be opaque or have a sunburst pattern.
The purple Vikings are a small, dark purple-skinned potato with white flesh that is best for baking or roasting, though they are great in most dishes, other than soup.
Arron Victory are a famous blue variety in Europe which have excellent boiling quality and a fluffy texture.
The red skinned rooster is an excellent potato because of its yellow flesh and fluffy inside.
Fingerling potatoes have a mild, nutty flavour and can be used in almost any dish except soups.
New potatoes are typically sweet, creamy, and firm and can vary in colour and flavour.
New potatoes shouldn’t be baked because of their thin skins.They are delicious in soups.