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A Guide to Potato Varieties
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First Earlies - Second Earlies - Maincrop
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FIRST EARLIES:

 
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ARRAN PILOT: (1930) An Oval variety
with a white skin and white flesh.
Firm and waxy.

 

DUKE OF YORK: (1891) A long white skinned
variety with a yellow flesh.  Dry and mealy with
a pronounced flavour
Good for chipping.

 

EPICURE: (1897) A round white skinned variety with a white flesh.
Moist with a good flavour.

         

FOREMOST: (1954) A round oval variety
with white skin and white flesh.
Firm and slightly waxy.

 

HOME GUARD: (1942) A short oval variety
with a white skin and white flesh.
Firm textured and slightly dry.

 

MARIS BARD: (1972) A long oval variety
with white skin and white flesh.
Firm and waxy.

         

NADINE: (1987) A round variety with a
white skin and a creamy flesh
A firm moist waxy texture.
(EXHIBITION)

 

PENTLAND JAVELIN: (1968) A short oval
variety with a white skin and white flesh.
Waxy with shallow eyes.
Good for boiling and salads. (EXHIBITION)

 

PREMIERE: (1987) A round white variety with cream flesh and firm semi-waxy texture.
Good all round table variety.

         

RED DUKE OF YORK: (1942) A long oval
variety with a red skin and yellow flesh
Floury texture.

 

ROCKET: (1987) A round white variety with
a white skin and a white flesh. Waxy texture. Exceptionally fast to bulk up.
Resistant to blackleg and eelworm.

 

SHARPES EXPRESS: (1901) An oval variety
with a cream skin and white flesh.
Excellent flavour.

         

SWIFT:  A round oval variety with a
cream skin and a cream flesh.
Waxy texture.

 

ULSTER SCEPTRE: (1966) A long oval variety
with a white skin and a cream skin.
Moderately firm texture.
At is best early in the season

 

VANESSA:  (1968) A kidney shaped variety
with a red skin and a white flesh.
Firm texture.

         

SECOND EARLIES:

 
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BRITISH QUEEN: (1894) An oval white variety, with shallow eyes and white floury flesh. Crops well.
Has good resistance to slug damage.

 

CATRIONA: (1920) A long oval variety with a white/blue skin, pale yellow flesh.
A firm dry texture.
(EXHIBITION)

 

CHARLOTTE: Yellow flesh. Long pointed tuber. High yield.
Excellent quality salad variety.

         

ESTIMA; (1973) A round oval variety with
a white skin and a deep cream flesh.
Firm and moist texture.
Good early baker

 

KESTREL: (1992) A long oval variety with a
white/blue skin and a cream flesh. Fairly dry
texture.Good all round table variety.
(EXHIBITION)

 

MARFONA: (1977) A round white variety
with waxy pale yellow flesh.
Excellent for jacket potatoes.

         

MARIS PEER: (1962) An oval variety with
a white skin and a white flesh.
A waxy texture.

 

WILJA: (1972) A long oval variety with a
yellow skin and a pale yellow flesh.
A slightly dry and waxy texture.
Best before Christmas

   
         

MAIN CROP:

 
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CARA: (1976) A round/oval variety with pink eyes and a cream flesh.  A floury texture.
A good baker.
(EXHIBITION)

 

DESIREE: (1962) An oval variety with a
red skin and a cream flesh. Firm fleshed.
Good all rounder

 

EDZELL BLUE: (1890) A round blue variety
with white flesh
A floury texture.

         

GOLDEN WONDER: (1876) A long kidney shaped variety with a light brown skin and a cream flesh.  Pronounced flavour.
Good for frying and baking

 

KERR'S PINK: (1907) A round variety with
a pink skin and a white flesh.
Floury with good flavour.

 

KING EDWARD: (1902) A long oval variety
with a part red skin and a cream flesh.
Floury texture.

         

MAJESTIC: (1911) A long oval variety with
a pale yellow skin and a white flesh. 
A firm texture.
Good keeping qualities.

 

MARIS PIPER: (1963) An oval variety with
a white skin and a white flesh.
A floury texture.

 

NICOLA: A long oval variety with a yellow
skin and a yellow flesh.

         

PENTLAND CROWN: (1958) An oval variety
with a pale yellow skin and a white flesh.
A floury texture.
Good for frying

 

PENTLAND SQUIRE: (1970) A bold kidney
shaped variety with a white skin and a creamy
white flesh. A waxy texture.
Good all rounder.

 

PINK FIR APPLE: (1880) A long pink variet
with a pink skin and a creamy flesh
A waxy texture with a new potato taste.
Late maturing. Salad potato.

         

RECORD:  Excellent Scottish variety fo
boiling or chipping.
Round yellow flesh.

 

ROMANO: (1978) A round variety with a red
skin and a cream flesh.  A fairly firm texture

 

SAXON: (1996) A long white oval variety. 
Creamy flesh with firm texture.

People get confused about when to plant and harvest 1st Earlies, 2nd Earlies and Maincrop.
The following guide is approximate at best as everything is so dependent on where you are in
the country, and of course, the weather.

Type
Planting period
Harvesting period
First Earlies: Plant towards the end of March Harvest June/July
Second Earlies: Plant early to mid April Harvest July/August
Maincrop: Plant mid to end of April Harvest September/October

The longer a Potato gets to grow the better the crop.
Maincrops tend therefore to be the biggest cropper.

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