A pale yellow waxy boiler at first but matures quickly into a versatile general purpose potato. Famous for their great taste. Smaller potatoes can be used as waxy salad potatoes but as the season progresses and the tubers grow dry matter increases. One of the tastiest spuds.
Maturity - First Early
Shape - Oval
Skin - Cream, medium smooth
Flesh – Light yellow
Texture - Waxy
Preparation – Boiling and steaming
Duke of York First Early Seed Potato's 2kg
- Variety: White Duke of York, First Earlies
- Certified seed potatoes, free from disease
- Highly resistant to scab
- Firm waxy textured flesh, ideal for boiling
- Enjoy the satisfaction in having your own ground to plate crop
Duke of York potatoes are available in two varieties, red and white. The white version is for early season sowing, while the distinct red skinned version is for summer sowing. The first early variety we have here has a light golden pale skin with a waxy textured flesh lending it's self well to boiling.
In order to yield the best results from your seed potatoes, it is recommended that you chit them before planting. This allows for the development of strong sprouts. It is not considered an essential step but it is highly recommended among experts especially for earlies. To chit potatoes, just place them, barely touching in a seed tray or a similar segmented tray with the rose end facing upwards. The rose is the end where the majority of the eyes occur on the potato. It is in the eyes, where the chits will form. Place the trays in a cool bright area with temperatures averaging in and around 7°C. The aim of this chitting is to encourage the development of strong dark purple and green shoots. If the shoots are developing into long white thin string like shoots it may be a sign they are getting too much heat and not enough light.
Potatoes do well in most soil types however they are best suited to well-drained and loamy soil that is not too heavy and dense. The soil should be deep and have good quality compost mixed into it. Ideally the plot should be cleared and dug the previous autumn/winter, this allows winter frost to break down any dense soil structure leaving the soil in optimal condition for spring sowing. Both first and second earlies should be placed approximately 30cm apart and 10cm deep, with the rows at 2ft apart. When the shoots break the soil surface it is then time to earth up the rows. This is the process of covering the shoots with soil taken from around the shoots and creating a peaked ridge over the shoots. This covering of the shoots protects them from late seasonal frosts. Continue to repeat this process until ridges are no higher than 20cm. First and second earlies are best when harvested in small amounts and used as fresh.