Best potato to grow

I just want to grow one variety of each type ie,first, second and maincrop. Can you advise best for taste

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  • NollieNollie Girona, Catalunya, Northen SpainPosts: 2,181
    I only grow small salad potatoes, largly because I don’t think large maincrop varieties  justify the growing space in my raised beds and I prefer the flavour of the little ‘uns. I have tried lots of different ones over they years, but don’t think you can beat Charlotte (latish first early) for taste, texture and reliability. I love Pink Fir Apple for its pink knobbly tubers and nutty flavour - these are later than Charlotte, variously classed as a second early, mature salad or a maincrop.
  • SkandiSkandi Northern DenmarkPosts: 596
    For maincrop I love "Isle of Jura" really nice smooth oval tubers which make the best chips ever, and then "Carolus" which is a new dutch variety and is late blight resistant. And it really is it manages a month more than the Isle of Jura, so if you are prone to blight it's a great choice.
  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 13,642
    When I grew potatoes I grew Charlotte, a 2nd early, but dug early it's like a new potato and left in the ground it's like an old potato. I didn't have a slug problem, I left them until I was ready to dig them up and they stayed there until autumn, well after the foliage died down. Good multi purpose.
    Dordogne and Norfolk
  • raisingirlraisingirl East Devon, on the Edge of Exmoor.Posts: 3,500
    it depends a bit on how you want to cook them. Floury potatoes roast, mash and bake better and waxy ones make better boiled/salad potatoes

    I like Red Duke of York first earlies. 

    This site has links to one supplier with good descriptions of a very wide selection of varieties http://www.potato-days.net/ (not an advert - I have no connection to them).

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  • jude1jude1 Posts: 5
    Thank you. I have bought some Charlotte and Red Duke of York.  I am also going to put some in our Village Show this year and have gone for Bonnie which seem to be good for show. Looking forward to tasting them all
  • raisingirlraisingirl East Devon, on the Edge of Exmoor.Posts: 3,500
    good luck  :)
    It's hard to love, there's so much to hate
    Hanging on to hope when there is no hope to speak of
  • BLTBLT Posts: 525
    I gave up with Earlies last year, instead I made succesive plantings of Kimg Edwards.. It was far more successful. I used containers and planted up a new one every 3 weeks..  I too would not waste time and space in my raised bed..
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