We’ve had a good potato harvest this week! Here is Claire with the Shetland Blacks (in her hands) and the Duke of Yorks (the paler ones in the grass). It has been a difficult year for potatoes, because of the lack of water for such a long time followed by quite a wet August, so our crop is maybe not so good as we would like but there were still plenty of tatties to share out and take home.
Duke of York are a first early bred in Aberdeenshire by William Sim which entered on the national list in 1891. They were suggested as a potato to grow, along with Sharpe’s Express, in Walter Brett’s ‘Wartime Gardening’, published in 1915.
Shetland Black are a maincrop potato native to the Shetland Islands, dating from the early 1900s. Traditionally, it is said to have been picked up from a Spanish Armada shipwreck in 1588! Because they are very dark they are a little difficult to spot in the ground when harvesting but I think we got them all.