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Tipped out a couple of barrels of spuds last week, they looked good - clean, dry, no slugs or other visible damage. Peeled and cooked a panful, and YUK. Very strong fusty/mouldy taste.  On closer inspection of some of the remaining potatoes there seem to be tiny white mould specks on the skin, would that be enough to spoil the taste, even when peeled ?



  • Alan4711Alan4711 Posts: 1,657
    Hi 77 we have a really good crop of Winston Early 3/4 lb a plant and they are rubbish, they shed a thick skin like taking off a coat when in the pan, they do a Patsy,(fall to pieces) and they taste just uh!! 2nd early Kestrel 4lb a plant and not to bad, main Cara huge and ready 4/5 lb a plant and good. your not on your own Blue, back to the drawing board next year

  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Posts: 11,391

    You'll need to experiment to find which varieties taste best when grown in your particular soil as they taste very different when grown in different soils, no matter what the suppliers may say.  I spent a few years buying packs of 10 seeds of 6 different varieties before I found the ones that suit both my pallate and my soil.

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • Zoomer44Zoomer44 Posts: 3,267

    Which variety did you grow blueberry, how have you stored the spuds and were did you store them. I'm guessing but it could be a storage problem.

    Alan - I've had similar problems cooking Charlotte spuds. People rave about them but I can't cook themimage, tried everyway, they are bland, the skins flake off when cooking even when steamed. Gave up with Charlotte a couple of years ago.

    Agree with Bob, there are so many different varieties. I'm still experimenting after several years of growing in bags. Red Duke of York are one of my favourites. I'm growing Duke of York for Christmasimage.     

  • Hi, im in my 3rd year of growing potatoes an for the first time the potato plant has produced actual green seed potatoes I have at last count 148 an that's going to get higher because the 2nd patch is producing them too. I have looked online but I'm still confused as to what to do with them, any help will be greatly appreciated

  • Ian, if you mean the things that look like tomatoes,cut them off,the plant is trying to produce seed,which is of no use to you at all.

    I nip flower buds off as soon as I see them, better to be producing tubers than flowers and seeds.

    Blueberry, it could be powdery scab, common on heavy soil and wet conditions,gives an earthy taste.

  • The variety is Rooster. The soil, grown in barrels was more dry than wet and heavy. The pototoes looked almost perfect except close up the dots of white mould on the skin. The taste wasn't just a bit bland or off it was downright "chewing on a rotten piece of wood" taste. This is what I don't understand, they looked so clean and nice. They were peeled and cooked the day I took them up, so no time in storage. Never had anything like it with home growns.

  • Netherfield, so I have 148 useless seeds then

  • Yes, and they are poisonous,as are green potatoes.

  • Zoomer44Zoomer44 Posts: 3,267

    If it's not storage, I'm not sure what the problem is, Blueberry. I was thinking some sort of rot had set in after harvesting.

  • hi 77 agree with comments just trial  and error grown rocket they had no taste att all best 1st early so far lady christie not cheap  also in maris piper amd sarpo

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