Main Crop Potatoes

Arran Victory
Named at the end of the First World War. Needs a long season of growth. The blue/purple skinned tubers have brilliantly white floury flesh of fine flavour. Handsome tall weed suppressing foliage. Uses: Baker/roast/fry/microwave.

Cara
Beautifully rounded pink and white tuber with floury white flesh. Smooth tubers with shallow eyes make it perfect for the show-bench. A heavy cropper, excellent for long storage. Good blight resistance. Plant from late March and lift for storage in September and October. Uses: Baker/general purpose.

Desirée
This red skinned, yellow fleshed main crop produces heavy crops, even in dry seasons. Desirée has a waxy texture and excellent flavour. Wonderful for baking and lovely mashed, it stores well. Plant from late March and lift for storage in September and October.

Druid
Very similar to Red Cara but a slightly later maturity. Short oval pink/red skinned with no white splashes, shallow eyes. Huge yield. Firm flesh does not disintegrate on cooking. Resistance to foliage blight, common scab and golden eelworm so ideal for the organic gardener. Uses: General purpose.

Dunbar Standard
Bred by C. T. Spence in 1936. A vigorous variety with plenty of weed suppressing foliage and a spectacular mass of white flowers. Does well in heavy soils. Tubers have a lovely earthy flavour, particularly good baker. Uses: Baker/general purpose.

Golden Wonder
Russetted skin. One of the best varieties for frying and roasting with a rich flavour. Flavour improves on storage. A good cropper. Slug resistant. Uses: Baker/roast/fry/microwave.

King Edward
An old but still very popular traditional variety and deservedly so. The oval tubers have attractive red splashes over the eyes. Ideal for baking and roasting. Plant from late March and lift for storage in September and October.

Maris Piper
A widely grown commercial variety - it's often called 'the chippies choice' - but well worth growing in the kitchen garden for its high yields of top flavoured tubers, which makes it perfect for chips, wedges and sautéed potatoes. Plant from late March and lift for storage in September and October.

Markies
Exciting introduction in the fight against late Blight and showing promise in independent trials. Large, long oval, yellow skinned pale yellow fleshed tubers. Excellent virus and disease resistance, especially golden eelworm and foliage and tuber blight. Worthy of an assessment with Sarpo. Uses: General purpose

Picasso
Superb! Bred from Cara, matures early September - up to 3 weeks sooner. The large, slightly russet oval tubers have a rosy pink eye. Huge crops of uniform 'bakers' with a good flavour which also mash well. Very easy to grow, suits most soils. Good pest and disease resistance. Thoroughly recommended! Plant from late March and lift for storage in September and October.

Pink Fir Apple
A very old variety which has made an astonishing comeback in recent years. Knobbly pink skinned tubers of butter yellow waxy flesh. Decadence is making a pan of chips using a single tuber for each chip - fabulous! Uses: Salad/chips.

Sante
Probably the most disease resistant potato, cropping well in all soils. Attractive large, even tubers with shallow eyes and cream flesh. Good for boiling and baking. Resists tuber blight, golden eelworm and all common potato viruses. Partially resistant to white eelworm. Plant from late March and lift for storage in September and October.

Sarpo Axona
Sister line to the phenomenally popular Sarpo Mira introduced in 2005. Very similar in all respects, particularly with outstanding blight resistance, but the tubers are more regular in shape and the flesh is slightly more creamy. Superb flavour for all culinary uses. Organic Sarpo Axona has Organic Certification approved by The Soil Association.

Sarpo Mira
This potato has everything - unprecedented blight resistance, huge yields of tasty, floury tubers. Grows well in a range of soil types and has vigorous weed suppressing foliage. Long storage. Tubers do not appear to be affected by slugs. A real all-rounder for all cooking purposes.

Valor
Ready October, suitable for storing. Evenly sized round tubers with white skin and creamy white flesh. Grainy texture and good flavour. Excellent for mashing and roasting. Good tolerance of eelworm and strong resistance to tuber blight. Plant from late March and lift for storage in September and October.

Victoria
Stays firm on boiling and roasts perfectly too. As a true main crop, the flavour does not develop until a week or so after lifting but is then fine and distinctive. Remains quite dormant for many weeks making this an ideal variety to lay down for winter use. Plant from late March and lift for storage in September and October.