I popped into woods fruit and veg today to talk potatoes with David, the owner of the best fresh fruit and veg stall around. Did you know they have 9 different varieties of potatoes on sale plus sweet potatoes! That’s a lot of choice, but which should you go for? Well that depends on what you want to create!
Fit for Mashing
If you are going to boil or mash the potato then you cant go wrong with a red variety, they have a rich earthy flavour and it’s a good potato to add flavourings to such as butter, mustard, caramelised onions, smoked paprika or rosemary if you want to pimp your mash, mash doesn’t have to be boring.
Fit for a Spicy Dish
If you are using the potato to make an Indian inspired meal such as Aloo Bharta then this is the perfect potato. Ambo potatoes are a bit like King Edwards = a very good all rounder.
The Blue Belle variety make the best chips, roasts, jackets or wedges, the hit of heat in these methods of cooking really brings out the flavour, the starches in this variety help to caramelise and turn the skin and flesh golden brown – just the colour that chips and roasts should be.
If chips is your thing then you cant go wrong with their home grown potatoes – they make the best chips ever and that’s a promise.
Why shop local?
One of the best things about buying local is the food miles, these potatoes are grown in Longton and only travel 18 miles to get to Darwen Market. The freshness means better taste, longer lasting potatoes. Plus when shopping local with a passionate trader like David you don’t just get the best product you get the advice that goes with it. Whether you’re a masher, roaster, chipper or boiler Woods Fruit and Vegetables has the potato for you and the team on the stall are always on hand to advice you on which variety is better for your cooking preference.
Fun Potato Fact
The North West was the first place in Britain to grow potatoes, our loamy soil is perfect for this versatile tuberous vegetable. Another reason to keep it local!
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