Guide to seed Potato varieties

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An allotment or vegetable patch would simply not be complete without a run of potatoes. With so many varieties to choose from, it’s a good idea to do a little research to find the best suited for your garden.

Potato varieties with high disease & pest resistance

Camelot
Creamy white oval tubers with pinkish-red shallow eye white flesh. Camelot has good resistance to golden eelworm and scab.

Cara
Round/oval pinkish-red eyed tubers with soft moist flesh. Particularly good baker. Withstands drought. Very disease resistant, including golden eelworm and blight. The allotment favourite. Uses: Baker/general purpose.

Casablanca
Producing a tasty crop of smooth tubers perfect for boiling, with larger tubers making excellent chips. Good resistance to common scab, blackleg and is golden eelworm resistant.

Juliette
Early Maincrop but can be lifted as a Second Early. A heavy crop of long oval yellow skinned and fleshed waxy tubers, mouth watering flavour either hot or cold. Good resistance to Common and Netted Scab and Golden eelworm.

Kestrel
Attractive smooth skinned tubers with violet eyes. The gardeners’ favourite second early. Shows good slug resistance. Golden eelworm and partial white eelworm resistance.

Kifli
Freshly harvested and cooked in their skins, Sarpo Kifli potatoes have a truly outstanding flavour. Best planted early as it can be a slow starter, Kifli shows the usual good Sarpo resistance to drought and blight, as well as a high resistance to virus Yo. An early maincrop variety with elongated white-skinned tubers and a fabulous ‘new potato’ flavour, Kifli can be harvested over a long period – the larger and more mature tubers will still have excellent flavour

Lady Balfour
Named after the Soil Association founder. Oval, pink splashed tubers with firm, moist creamy flesh. Impressive blight resistance and double eelworm resistance. Huge yields, even in poorer soils. Stores well. Ideal for the organic gardener.

Maris Piper
Versatile all-rounder. Dry, floury, creamy-white flesh of good flavour rarely discolours on cooking. The best chipping variety around. Golden eelworm resistant.

Maxine
Large, smooth pale red-skinned tubers with white waxy flesh which remains firm on cooking. Golden eelworm and partial white eelworm resistant.

Nadine
Exceptionally smooth skin with shallow eyes. Cream flesh has firm, moist waxy texture and does not discolour on cooking. Double eelworm resistance and high common scab tolerance.

Orla
Grow your own new potatoes for Autumn & Christmas. Outstanding foliage and tuber blight resistance. Creamy skinned, pale yellow fleshed round/oval tubers.

Pentland Dell
Long oval white tubers with creamy-white flesh. Versatile but particularly excellent chipper, especially long or large chips. Shows good slug resistance and is drought resistant.

Pentland Javelin
A lovely white waxy fleshed new potato. Ideal for boiling and salad use. Good all round disease resistance, especially golden eelworm.

Red Cara
The red skinned, red eyed, cream fleshed tubers have all the pest and disease resistances of Cara and huge yield potential. Red Cara has a vigorous plant habit.

Sante
Probably the most pest and disease resistant potato and grows well in all soils. Double eelworm resistant. Lots of uniform tubers with quite dry pale yellow flesh.

Valor
A round or oval, white skinned and cream fleshed variety. Has double eelworm and blight resistance so a real bonus to the gardener. Exceptional yields. Purple flowers. Uses: General purpose.

Easy to grow potato varieties

Vivaldi
The No.1 for taste, mouthwatering and creamy whether boiled, baked, mashed or roasted. Really versatile as also excellent for high yields of ‘baby potatoes’, and larger tubers as a Second Early/Early Maincrop. Oval, yellow skinned with pale yellow flesh. Good common scab resistance. Easy to grow. Superb in containers; use our increasingly popular growing bags if garden space is limited, ideal for a sunny balcony, or even a backyard for city dwellers.

Accord
Disease resistance, eelworm resistant. Good for containers and easy to grow.

Lady Christl
Quickly became a customer favourite due to producing lots of very early, firm, oval, smooth, pale yellow-skinned tubers. Creamy flesh remains firm on cooking. Bulks up quickly as a first early or leave as a second early. Good disease resistance including golden eelworm. Easy to grow and the quickest to produce ‘baby new potatoes’. Superb in containers; use our increasingly popular growing bags if garden space is limited, ideal for a sunny balcony, or even a backyard for city dwellers.

Rocket
A very early bulking and heavy cropping variety for your first crop of the season. Almost round white skinned and fleshed tubers. Good all round disease resistance including golden eelworm. Easy to grow and the quickest to produce ‘baby new potatoes’. Superb in containers; use our increasingly popular growing bags if garden space is limited, ideal for a sunny balcony, or even a backyard for city dwellers.

Swift
Ideal in Containers. Among the fastest maturing, with larger tubers than ‘Rocket’. Short bushy habit makes it ideal in containers. Heavy crop of round smooth white fleshed tubers. Partial double eelworm resistance. Easy to grow and the quickest to produce ‘baby new potatoes’. Superb in containers; use our increasingly popular growing bags if garden space is limited, ideal for a sunny balcony, or even a backyard for city dwellers.

Unusual potatoes

Anya
A nutty flavour with a creamy flesh colour and smoother tubers than Pink Fir.

Congo
Very dark blue/ purple skinned with blue flesh intensifying in colour on maturity. Makes stunning blue crisps and chips, and larger tubers for roasting.

Mayan Gold
Exclusive Bred jointly by Greenvale AP and SCRI. Has its roots in the Andean foothills of Peru and is a different type of potato of the phureja type. Mayan Gold is the first successful introduction of this type and has proven exceptionally popular with chefs and the restaurant trade. Yellow skinned, long, oval, tubers with a deeper golden flesh of a unique nutty flavour and an extremely creamy but dry texture. Fantastic for chips and roasting for the crispy texture and fluffy centres. A superb flavour when cooked in its skin for all cooking uses except boiling (as tubers will quickly go mushy), also makes a stunning pie topping.

Pink Fir Apple
A very old variety which has made an astonishing comeback in recent years. Knobbly pink skinned tubers of butter yellow waxy flesh. Decadence is making a pan of chips using a single tuber for each chip – fabulous!

Shetland Black
Skin is dark blue almost to black, shallow eyed, with pale yellow floury, tasty flesh with a distinctive purple vascular ring. Multi purpose for baking, roasting, steaming, and to make creative sautéed potatoes.

Good croppers

Golden Wonder
Russeted skin. One of the best varieties for baking, frying and roasting with a rich flavour. Flavour improves on storage. A good cropper. Slug resistant.

Harmony
White skinned smooth oval tubers and waxy cream flesh. A good cropper. Double eelworm resistant and tolerant of common scab.

Maris Bard
Smooth white skinned and white flesh with the traditional new potato taste. A very early and heavy cropper with good drought resistance.

Picasso
A huge cropper ideal for storing. Bred from Cara so has creamy skin and striking bright red eyes. Waxy flesh. Good all round disease and drought resistance, although prone to slugs.

Other varieties to try

Apache
Red and yellow skins, eaten hot or cold with a superb texture.

Arran Pilot
Traditional favourite with white flesh of firm waxy texture of pleasing flavour. At its most wonderful straight out of the ground and into the pot.

Aura
Favoured by restaurants and gardeners alike as the firm creamy yellow fleshed tubers retain their colour and have a superb flavour, but do not disintegrate.

Belle de Fontenay
Pre-1950’s variety. An old French variety esteemed for its flavour which further improves on storage. Beautiful pale yellow tubers.

British Queen
Over 100 years old and highly prized for its yield, shape, floury texture and delicious flavour. Ireland’s summer favourite.

Carlingford
Grow your own new potatoes for Autumn & Christmas Second Cropping – ideal for growing in exhibitor bags and potato tubs. Carlingford – the original ‘Second Cropper’ and still the best. Oval white skinned and waxy fleshed tubers for the ‘New Potato’ taste out of season.

Charlotte
A very popular salad variety producing pear shaped yellow skinned waxy tubers and creamy yellow flesh of first class flavour, either hot or cold. Pale purple flowers.

Desiree
The world’s most popular red potato. Pale yellow firm waxy flesh. Versatile for all cooking. Good drought resistance.

Duke of York
Esteemed for its pale yellow tubers and dry mealy texture with pronounced flavour. A classic first early which if left develops into a quality general purpose potato.

Epicure
Highly sought after floury ‘new’ potato with white skin and creamy white flesh of delicious flavour. The traditional Ayrshire potato. Best for frost recovery.

Foremost
Ever popular as a new potato with slightly waxy firm white flesh of good flavour which does not disintegrate or discolour on cooking.

Fortyfold
This is the oldest culinary British variety still known producing lots and lots of round, purple skinned with white flashes, deep eyed tubers. A real ‘nutty’ taste, used in the original Lancashire Hotpot. Larger tubers can be baked or roasted, or boiled. A parent of Kerrs.

Home Guard
As its name suggests a Second World War favourite. Firm creamy white dry flesh of good flavour.

International Kidney
A selection of International Kidney was chosen in Victorian times is still grown on Jersey and marketed under the trademark ‘Jersey Royal’. If harvested as a second early, International Kidney makes a perfect, very waxy, salad potato. International Kidney can be used as a general purpose early maincrop potato producing quite floury large kidney tubers.

Lady Balfour
Named after the Soil Association founder. Oval, pink splashed tubers with firm, moist creamy flesh. Impressive blight resistance and double eelworm resistance. Huge yields, even in poorer soils. Stores well. Ideal for the organic gardener.

King Edward
A firm favourite for roasting. The creamy white flesh rarely discolours on cooking. The classic Christmas roasted potato.

Marfona
Very popular as a large tuber early baker. White skinned with pale yellow moist flesh.

Maris Peer
Favoured by restaurants and gardeners alike as the firm creamy yellow fleshed tubers retain their colour and have a superb flavour, but do not disintegrate. Gorgeous purple flowers.

Puritan
A white variation of pink Beauty of Hebron, bred in Hebron, New York State, and one of the first white Earlies introduced to Europe. Flavoursome boiling/’new’ potato.

Red Craigs Royal
A variation of White Craigs Royal (1947) found by Mr Marshall of Dunning in 1957 and hugely popular for its yields and flavour. Clinically produced minitubers with maximum plant health protection.

Rooster
A very, tasty red from Ireland which is now hugely popular. Excellent all rounder producing oval tubers with pale yellow, dry, floury flesh.

Sharpes Express
Some 100 years old but still an acclaimed Early. Superb flavour and its high dry matter makes for tasty chips as well as ‘new’ potatoes

Winston
Large tubers with even shape and size. Creamy moist flesh of excellent flavour. Flesh does not discolour on cooking.

Favoured by restaurants and gardeners alike as the firm creamy yellow fleshed tubers retain their colour and have a superb flavour, but do not disintegrate.

2 thoughts on “Guide to seed Potato varieties

  1. I see what you mean. I am very good at finding things via google, and I couldn’t find Taylor’s Forty-Fold anywhere! Perhaps another one of our readers has spotted this variety somewhere?

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