Wednesday, 30 May 2007


NEW potatoes are in the greengrocers' and markets now. If you boil them they are delicious just as they are or you could add a little chopped mint and butter to liven them up. At the bottom of the page is a recipe for roasted new potatoes with garlic and lemon that's just delicious.

Different types of potato
Boiling potato, waxy potato, new potato:
These keep their shape after cooking, so they are good for making potato salads or for eating early in the season as part of the traditional meal. They are not good for mashing, baking, or making chips. Examples of waxy potatoes are Charlotte, Pink Fir Apple, new potatoes and salad potatoes. Examples of waxy new potatoes: Jersey Royal, most salad potatoes, Record, Rocket.
Floury potatoes: These are good for mashing, frying, baking and for chips. For frying, the harder and drier the potato, the better it will fry; you can judge this when you cut it through with a knife. Examples of floury potatoes: Golden Wonder, British Queen, Maris Piper, Edzell Blue, Shetland Black.

Multi purpose potatoes: These are sold everywhere because they are easy to cook in any method. However, if you want a good full flavour it's better to get a variety that's suited for the purpose. Examples of multi-purpose potatoes: Desiree, Wilja, Nadine and Romano.

Purple fleshed potatoes: These are a speciality potato that have an interesting colour when mashed and in salads. They will go mushy if cooked too long. Examples: Salad Blue, Congo.

Roasted New Potatoes With Garlic and Lemon
Serves 4
Preparation time less than 30 mins
Cooking time 30 mins to 1 hour


3 tbsp olive oil
700g/1lb 9oz British new potatoes, scrubbed and quartered
4 whole cloves of garlic (optional)
1 lemon, grated rind of
salt and freshly ground black pepper


1. Heat the oil in a roasting tin then add the potatoes, cloves of garlic, lemon rind and seasoning.
2. Mix well and roast for 40-45 minutes or until tender, turning once.

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