Not only Golden Wonder
- Louise Gray
- 29 June 2017
Angus is making an increasingly strong contribution to potato-growing in Scotland
Angus, along with neighbouring regions Perthshire, Aberdeenshire and Fife, is at the heart of Scotland's best potato-growing area. The Scottish climate is ideal for seed potatoes as the cool temperatures and wind patterns make it more difficult for pests and diseases to take hold.
Worldwide there are 4000 varieties of potatoes available, most of which are grown in South America. But there are also hundreds grown in the UK and, as popular demand for heirloom vegetables and exciting new varieties picks up, Angus has contributions to make.
The striking Edzell Blue, with its vibrant purple skin, was developed at Edzell Castle in 1915. It is white in the centre and makes a fantastic mash.
Golden Wonder, with its russet brown skin and white flesh, was developed in Arbroath in 1906. It is one of the driest of all potatoes and therefore makes excellent chips – although the well-known crisps of the same name no longer use the variety.
Skea Organics at Auchterhouse is seeing orders for their seed potatoes increase as gardeners, chefs and retailers want to try different varieties. As well as Edzell Blue and Golden Wonder, Skea is growing Arran Victory, Highland Burgundy Red, Salad Blue and Shetland Black.