Over the years I have noticed a definite decline in both the quality and the flavour of potatoes. I think I must have tried just about every variety of potato that is available in the High Street both from supermarkets to individual costermongers. Many potatoes have a back taste that is bitter and unpleasant, others are virtually tasteless. Added to this there are those that range from powdery, crumbly, hard or a mixture of all three. Some break up whilst cooking. Some have patches of green. Others sprout their eyes especially during warm spells after a surprising amount of little time.
A couple of years back I came across a potato name that I had never heard of before called ‘Lady Balfour.’ They are everything that a potato should be. Firstly, they have the best flavour that I have ever tasted. It is rich and reliable and most of all nourishing. It makes you feel that your body has received a wonderful healthy boost which leaves ever cell quite satisfied. It is unbelievable as both a baked or roast potato as the middle becomes white and fluffy when cooked and the taste is potato heaven! Added to these attributes it boils and steams well and can also be used when beaten, to add to cakes, scones and puddings.
These are definitely the one and only potato that I would ever consider growing now, they are surely part of a millionaire’s menu. They grow easily and will form excellent plants if you allow one or two to age a little and for their eyes to form little sprouts of a about half a centimetre. Once sprouted cut off a small portion of the potato with the skin under the eye and place it into the ground just covering lightly. Each eye section will form a new plant which will give a medium to large size crop.
Little warning: never be tempted to eat the fruit of the potato – it looks like little green tomatoes but is deadly poisonous!