How to: Know Your Potatoes

Picking the perfect seed potato can be a tricky task. To choose the right seed, you need to think about the sort of spud you want to grow.

To help you make the right choice, we've pulled together this handy guide to the humble seed potato. Whether you're looking to bake them, mash them or turn them into crispy chips, it's important that you get to know which is the best one for you. From taste and texture, to when to plant and chip them, follow our guide and you can't go wrong. And when you're ready, you can grab everything you need online and in-store.

The basics

You can plant your spuds in the ground or in a container, but whichever way you choose, they grow best in well-drained soil in full sun. It's pretty hard to mess them up, so they're an easy introduction to growing your own. If you want to know more, check out our article on how to grow perfect potatoes.

Best for baking: Cara

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This large, fat potato is a reliable cropper with great disease resistance, but best of all, it has a soft waxy flesh that's ideal for baking. Chit them from mid-January and plant from March. Harvest after 15-20 weeks for your maincrop.

Tasty Tip: For the perfect baked potato, prick it, coat it in olive oil, sprinkle with salt and bake at 180c for 2 hrs 20mins.

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Class for chips: Pentland Dell

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Long in shape and perfect for cutting into chips, the Pentland Dell offers good resistance to slugs and diseases. Chit them from March and plant in mid-April for harvesting between August and October.

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Class for chips: Maris Piper

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The classic Maris Piper is Jamie Oliver's favourite chipper. Strong all-rounders, they're great both fried and oven cooked, as wedges or jackets - whatever you fancy. Chit from mid-Feb and plant from late March for harvesting in 15 to 20 weeks.

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Marvellous for mash: Desiree

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Desiree potatoes are Delia's favourite for mash and they'll thrive on relatively poor or heavy soil. Chit them from mid-Feb for planting from late March - you'll be enjoying creamy mash in 15 to 20 weeks.

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Marvellous for mash: Kestrel

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We'd describe Kestrels as one of the best-tasting potatoes around, working well in pretty much any dish - they're pretty slug-resistant too. Chit from early February and plant from the middle of March. They're ready in around 13 weeks as a second early crop.

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Right for roasties: King Edward

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It's easy to see why the King Edward is such a classic tattie. They're a great roaster, they'll do a fine oven chip, and to top it all off, they're resistant to slugs and scab too. Chit from the middle of February before planting from late March and you'll be enjoying as a maincrop in around 15 to 20 weeks.

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Right for roasties: Golden Wonder

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A particular favourite in Scotland and Ireland, Golden Wonders have a rich taste that improves with storage. Chit them from January and plant any time from February through April. You'll be enjoying fabulous roasters between August and October, depending on when you plant them.

Tasty Tip: Jamie Oliver suggests adding a twist of clementine peel and a bunch of sage to your roasties to elevate them to the next level. Sounds amazing to us!

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Stunning in salads: Nicola

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The Nicola potato offers a firm and waxy texture that works like a dream in salads. There are few small waxy potatoes that can match it for flavour - it's a real treat. Chit them from early February and plant from mid-March for best results. Harvest as a secon early crop around 13 weeks after planting.

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Stunning in salads: International Kidney

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International Kidneys are a high-yielding variety that are perfect for forcing early in bags. On the plate, they have a lovely distinct flavour and texture, with a smooth skin that makes them just the ticket in a salad scenario. Chit from Jan, plant from March, harvest in nine to 12 weeks - simple!

Tasty Tip: Whatever dressing you use, some kind of onion is a must. Spring onions, chives and red onion all work well.

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We hope you found our rundown of top tatties helpful. If you have any questions or you want to know more, ask one of our experts in-store or get in touch and we'll be happy to help.

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