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Starchy/powdery fleshed anya potatoes

We have started to harvest our anya potatoes and are disappointed to find that their texture when cooked is really powdery/starchy rather than waxy. The method of cooking is making no difference. We are new to allotmenteering and this is the first time we’ve grown potatoes. Can anybody help please?

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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 79,373
    Hi @carol.bramall57 and welcome to the forum 😊  

    Could it be that they needed more watering than you were able to do?
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  • GemmaJFGemmaJF Posts: 2,286
    edited July 2020
    Anya is supposed to be a waxy variety, so it is most likely down to watering.

    On the whole first earlies are the waxy ones, second earlies waxy but less so, main crop are more powdery and good for mash/roasting etc.

    If a variety doesn't perform as expected it is likely down to inconsistent watering during the growing period. You'll often hear things like someone dug up a few that were fine, it then poured down for a week and the next lot harvested resulted in powdery spuds.

    It's not the cooking, they mostly likely are powdery and starchy.
  • Thanks for your replies. It’s helpful and is something we can act on next year- it’s all a learning experience.
  • GemmaJFGemmaJF Posts: 2,286
    Thanks for your replies. It’s helpful and is something we can act on next year- it’s all a learning experience.
    It comes quickly, first time with anything is always somewhat experimental. It won't be long until things just work out for you, well mostly  ;)
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