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BURIEDTREASURE – growing potatoes

It’s time to think potatoes, says growing and cooking writer Holly Farrell, with some top tips and what you can find out by attending potato days

Potatoes have had a bad press in recent years, as low-carb diets have been in fashion, but if you’re going to eat carbohydrates, potatoes are a better choice than pasta or rice because they contain many more nutrients such as potassium and vitamins B and C. Many gardeners have also been put off growing potatoes because their previous attempts did not taste better than those in the shops. Using the potatoes in the right way is crucial – for example, trying to mash a salad potato will always give poor results. Potato varieties are divided into categories depending on when they are harvested: earlies are the first to come out of the ground (‘new’ potatoes), which are subdivided into first and second earlies. Maincrop are larger potatoes that are harvested in autumn and can be stored for use throughout winter. Salad potatoes are pulled up in summer.

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