Wednesday, 22 July 2009

first early potatoes: sharpes express

We've been without our own grown potatoes now since February or March. So, the lifting of the first, first earlies a few weeks ago was eagerly awaited. A new variety to us too, and a traditional old variety as well: Sharpes Express.

Good yield, clean tubers, get them home, let's cook them.

And then the disappointment. Sharpes Express is a floury new potato that over boils easily. It has very poor flavour. I like waxy new potatoes that don't overboil and have a lovely strong 'new potato' flavour.

These are best par boiled, rolled in olive oil and home grown, crushed garlic and finished in a red hot oven.

Or, in other words: try another variety next year!

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