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Sainsbury's launches British Heritage Potato varieties for 'roasties'

 Red Duke of York
January 13, 2010
Roast potatoes are one of the most traditional of British side dishes. But really great roast potatoes, ones that are crisp on the outside and soft and fluffy in the middle, need really great potatoes. You can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear and you can’t make super roasties from just any old spud.

For the Roasties range Sainsbury’s and Greenvale AP, the UK’s largest supplier of fresh potatoes, have looked at what makes a great roastie. They’ve gone back to the traditional British potato breeds that were popular years ago when home cooking was at its zenith and roast potatoes were staple fodder.

The real ‘Brit Pots’ are heritage breeds that have stood the test of time in terms of taste and versatility. They may have vanished from the supermarket shelves because of their short growing season but they have been kept alive by gourmets and specialist growers alike.

Now Sainsbury’s has decided it’s time for a Brit Pot revival. The heritage breeds that passed Sainsbury’s taste tests include Red Duke of York – a variety with moist yellow flesh and a superb flavour, Red King Edward – a red version of the traditional King Edward which is even better to eat and has white flesh, Edzell Blue – an unusual variety, prized for its excellent taste, beautiful blue skin and white flesh, and British Queen – a 100 year-old variety, well known for its good shape, white skin and white flesh packed with taste. All these varieties are perfect for roasting and are set to regain pride of place on the British dining table.
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Greenvale AP is a leading supplier of fresh potatoes and the UK's largest grower of organic potatoes. The company operates two packing facilities.