Lets talk about one of my favorite vegetables – Potatoes!
We will be offering sets (seed potatoes) of my 2 most favorite varieties this year.
We ordered extra so we can offer them as sets for anyone wanting to grow their own. You will not find these varieties at the big box stores & likely not anywhere locally. Both of these varieties are productive and have great flavor.
It’s not time to plant them yet in our growing area. We will have the sets available for sale at our May 7th Creekside Market Day.
Favorite #1 – Nicola
Nicola potatoes are uniform tubers with an elongated, oval to oblong shape. The skin is smooth, thin, and light brown to yellow, with a few shallow eyes scattered across the surface. Underneath the skin, the flesh is firm, dense, and golden yellow. Nicola potatoes have a mild, nutty, and earthy flavor with a waxy consistency that develops into a smooth, fine-grained finish when cooked. The tubers also retain their shape when heated due to their low starch and high moisture content.
Nicola potatoes are somewhat resistant to disease, produce high yields. We have found it to be a great storage potato. We are still eating last years crop now in late March!
Nicola potatoes are an excellent source of vitamin B6 and C and are a good source of fiber, manganese, potassium, copper, and phosphorus. The tubers are also considered to have a low glycemic index, which means the flesh contains slowly digested carbohydrates that can help regulate insulin levels and prevent a spike in blood sugar.
Favorite #2 – Desiree
An heirloom released by the Netherlands in 1962, Désirée is excellent for salads, boiling, or mashing. Good drought tolerance, moderate resistance to scab, and good storage. Long, oval tubers with beautiful rosy skin and creamy yellow flesh bulks early with good size. An all-purpose potato, they have a tender texture with a neutral, rich, and earthy flavor.
Desiree potatoes are an excellent source of potassium, which is a mineral that can help regulate fluid levels in the body and vitamin C, which is an antioxidant that can strengthen the immune system. The tubers are also a good source of phosphorus, vitamin B6, calcium, and contain magnesium and vitamin A.