Friday, 31 July 2020

The Taste Test

I've grown two different varieties of potatoes in containers this year, not that I set out to do this. I chose a second early, Charlotte, to grow, however, a potato from the batch I grew last year started to grow in the old compost I'd kept in the greenhouse, and rather than discard it, I repotted it into fresh compost and allowed it to grow on. The variety of this one is Jazzy. I've now harvested potatoes from both varieties so I thought I'd do a bit of a taste test.


The first to be ready was Jazzy, probably because already being in compost, it had started growing first. I was a little disappointed in the yield of Jazzy last year, but it's fared better this time round. This haul is from just one tuber, considerably better than it did last year.


The first lot of Charlotte potatoes were harvested just a couple of days later and this is the amount we got from two tubers, not nearly so good as the Jazzy.

So what about taste. I know Charlotte is many people's potato of choice but, for me, Jazzy wins the taste test hands down. I'm not the only one who thinks this either, both Mick and Eleanor agree with me.

Whichever variety you grow, I think home grown always tastes superior to those you buy in the supermarket.

21 comments:

  1. Everything grown at home taste so much better than shop purchases.

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  2. Home grown are definitely superior to shop bought. I always look forward to Jersey Royals every year but they definitely do not taste like they used to.

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  3. Both look good. Charlotte is my favourite variety, but I liked the Jazzy I bought. I agree with what you say about home grown ones. xx

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  4. I think home grown wins every time :)

    All the best Jan

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  5. I love just boiled potatoes,plain and simple. It's great the volunteer gave you a good crop.

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  6. You can't beat a home grown spud, I arrived home to find a bag of them hanging on my door handle, my brother had left them there for me and they tasted so good, I'm not sure what variety they were but I'll mention Jazzy to him next time he comes.

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  7. Both of those look delicious to me. This is why I think every gardener should try different varieties, not just those that are touted as "the best" by others. So many things can affect how a veg tastes such as growing conditions and, of course, personal taste preferences.

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  8. You are good at growing potatoes, Jo. I am not. I remember you had some beauties on your allotment. English spuds are among the many things I miss. P. x

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  9. That's a good haul for what really is minimal effort needed, it's like magic really, isn't it!

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  10. I don't really think any potatoes performed at their best last year.

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  11. We love our home grown spuds. Such a lovely light flavour. And to think I told the Mister not to bother growing potatoes because they were cheap, what do I know 🧐

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  12. Home grown certainly beats anything shop bought. I love not only the taste but the smell of them too.

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  13. Home grown spuds are always the best. I really like growing in pots, so much easier even if the yield is slightly less. CN x

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  14. I agree, you can't beat homegrown for flavour!
    xx

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  15. Roger is experimenting with potato varieties this year also but hasn't harvested his yet. I find it interesting that you grew yours in containers. I will have to suggest that to hubby.💖

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  16. I bet they taste delicious, Jo. I had hoped to try growing potatoes this year but lockdown put paid to my plans. Perhaps next year. X

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  17. I am really impressed with your potato plant knowledge and garden harvest!!! Wow. Nice job

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  18. Enjoy, they look delicious. Stay safe.

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  19. You are right that there is nothing like home-grown potatoes. I shall look out for that variety, I haven't grown potatoes for a while but I might do it again next year now that I have opened up more space in my garden.

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  20. Do you know, I don't think I've got a favourite potato variety! I'm going to have to pay more attention from now on :)

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