Spring is on it's way and I was checking my chitting potatoes the other day. I'm very pleased with my Shetland Black which I have brought on from micrco plants. These are very 'different' spuds which come with fanciful stories of their origins. Allegedly they were carried on board the ships of the Spanish Armada which were wrecked on Shetland in 1588.
Waitrose stock them around Christmas in their Formby store and for several years they have been part of our Christmas shopping and served up -baked- on Christmas Eve.
I stopped off at a nursery in Ince Blundell on the way to Liverpool this morning and they had an impressive range of Heritage potatoes including Lord Roseberry-which I bought. I would have got Gladstone but they had sold out!
Traditionally potatoes are planted on Good Friday. I fear this year that they election will be in full flow by then - but I'm sure I will find time to get down to the allotment.