We are sadly starting to come towards the end of our first early potatoes. Every night for weeks we have been digging up a plant or two, giving the tubers a quick wash before plunging them into a pan of boiling water on the stove for a few minutes until they start to soften, and eating them still warm.
With every meal, I confess I am newly amazed at their sweetness; the flavours of home grown potatoes are unlike anything I have ever tasted from a shop. I shall continue to savour them until the last half-row of plants has been harvested – they should last us a few more meals yet.
In the meantime, we have already reclaimed the space liberated so far to plant out some of our winter cabbages and our third crop of broad bean plants. And there are three rows of our maincrop potatoes in flower waiting to be harvested in the weeks to come…
Potato: Arran Pilot First Early