Jersey Royals: king of spuds

The potato season is well underway and the Jersey Royal potato harvest is set to be a vintage this year with lovely golden colour and fresh flavour.

Jersey Royal new potatoes account for the vast majority of the island’s fresh produce exports. Before the season starts, a great deal of preparation goes into making sure the season’s crop is of the best quality. About 20 farmers across the Island are planting during January and most still use natural, seaweed fertiliser known as vraic. The main crop is then harvested in March and carries on through the season until June.

The potatoes planted on the early slopes are hand lifted, as the inclines are too steep for machinery. The potatoes are harvested, graded, packed and shipped in refrigerated vehicles, to ensure that they reach consumers when they are at their freshest and finest.

Jersey Royals enjoy a Protected Designation of Origin, much like Champagne, Camembert, Parma and our very own Yorkshire rhubarb. Britain is the only place outside Jersey where these potatoes are available to buy and are at their most plentiful and flavoursome from April to June.

Jersey Ware – £1.70 per kg

Jersey Mid – £1.70 per kg

May 2014