Well the first potatoes we put in – Red Duke of York – flowered some time ago. Could it be that they are ready to harvest?
There was only one way to find out. We decided to stick a fork under one of the plants to see if there was anything to dig up. Here’s how we got on:
We harvested 1kg of potatoes from this plant.
So what are they like?
As you can see, Red Duke of York have eye-catching red skins – unusual for a first early. But cut them open and inside you’ll find a creamy white flesh.
They have a beautiful nutty flavour and feel sort of floury, even though they are not.
Definitely a potato worth growing.
How long has it taken to get to this stage?
We began chitting these potatoes at the beginning of March.
We planted our first earlies during the second week of April.
So, that’s 17 weeks from chitting and 13 weeks from planting for our first harvest.