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Potatoes - Dopey Question No 7

NewBoy2NewBoy2 BristolPosts: 1,808

? Apart from digging them up how can you tell from the foliage when the spuds  are ready

? Why are they called spuds

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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 79,556

    Earlies are ready when they flower (but a few types don't flower).  You can feel around in the soil with your hand and if you find potatoes about the size of a hen's egg, then they're ready.   Usually about 10 weeks after planting.

    Apparently the word spud has the same derivation as the word spade and is to do with digging a hole to plant the potato. 

     

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  • Alan4711Alan4711 LincolnshirePosts: 1,657

    Nearly right Dove ,close enough,The exact origin of the term is unclear. It may refer to a "spudder," a shovel-like tool used to harvest potatoes, or to a wooden barrel sorters would put small potatoes into when sorting for larger ones. Hows that, take your pick,im going fa the shovelimage

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 79,556

    Yeah, but the spudder got its name from the same root as the word spade.  The Dutch and Spanish languages have similar words probably stemming from the Latin word 'spad' for a short sword, which was used as a general purpose tool. image

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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 79,556

    Like it! image

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  • Orchid LadyOrchid Lady Posts: 5,800

    Firstly Newboy, not a dopey questions and if it's is then I'm dopey too (well actually I know that already image) because I was wondering the same thing.

    Personally I prefer the word spud, I think it's such a cute word....and reminds me of watching Bob The Builder with my little boys.....when they were little image

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  • Alan4711Alan4711 LincolnshirePosts: 1,657

    Not a chance in the world,youv made all that up, and i cant see a general digging up spuds with his sword, i recon u got all that from Wiki and you just cant trust it. Oh No and short swords were called gladius after the gladiola plant, and i cant see Marcus Arilious  or whatever his name was digging spuds anyway he had his Roman legumes to do that so there,and its B,Raining, now wot was the original question againimageimage

  • Steve 309Steve 309 Posts: 2,753

    Roman legumes image  No doubt they'd bean in the gardenimage

  • Alan4711Alan4711 LincolnshirePosts: 1,657

    I got it straight away,we will have to wait for the ladies to catch up Steve 309imageiv actually got the heating on now and its still raining ere in Norfolk.

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 79,556

    Got it Alan image

    Seriously thinking about putting the heating on here too, but might cook a jalfrezi instead. image

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  • Alan4711Alan4711 LincolnshirePosts: 1,657

    you might not believe this but were having a prawn Korma tonight, Pataks of course  Kate cant do anything hotter,and dont say your making it from scratch cus i wont believe you and i dont believe Philippa  for one minute image

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