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They’re Pink, They’re Nobbly and They’re Tasty: Pink Fir Apple Potatoes

I’d never grown pink fir apples potatoes before, but after this year, I’m converted. 2012 has been a tough growing year, but these little potatoes have been a shining light.

I’m not sure of the weight of my harvest, but when I dug the potatoes up last week I filled a whole tattie sack. From just two short rows, I reckon that’s a big crop in anyone’s book.

I Love the Nobbly Bits
Aside from the fruitful yield, I’ve enjoyed the unusual appearance of the pink fir apple. They don’t look anything like most of the other potatoes that are available to grow. The skin is a pinky colour, but it’s the potatoes nobbly bits that I love the most.

As a grow your owner, I’m used to seeing odd shaped veg. Carrots that look like the lower half of a naked man, Siamese strawberries and stumpy parsnips have all cultivated themselves on my plot. However, pink fir apples are brilliantly nobbly by design.

They’re best eaten with their skins on too, so the colour and the nobbles are still there to add interest when you serve them up on your plate.

Tasty Tubers
A plate is definitely the best place for them, as they’re delicious too. The waxy flesh is nutty and sweet, which is refreshingly different next to your average spud. Pink firs are tubular in shape and don’t grow very big, so they’re no good for bakers but they’re great for boiling, chipping and hot or cold salad potatoes.

Where Do I Fit Them In Next Year??
Financially, potatoes don’t provide much bang for buck given the space they take up and how cheap they are to buy in the shops, so with less space available to me next season they’re one of the veg in danger of being struck off my growing list.

Trouble is, like my small cauliflower success in November, the bumper, tasty pink fir crop has left me contemplating if there is somewhere I can squeeze a few tubers in.

One thing I noticed is each tuber produced a lot of small potatoes, which has left me wondering if I could grow pink firs in buckets next year. I wouldn’t get as many potatoes, but the beauty of this method is that I can plonk buckets wherever I’ve got spare space. There’s an ugly, redundant and empty gap behind my compost bins, for example, where I could fit two florist buckets easily.

Two or three could go on the concrete outside my shed, too. There won’t be much else I can grow on concrete, that’s for sure, so some pink first would be very efficient use of space.

Well, I’ve just talked myself into having a stab at pink firs in buckets.

It’s these little challenges and different ways of using otherwise jobless areas of the garden that is making the prospect of next year so exciting for me.

Roll on spring.

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  1. Alan @ it's not work, it's gardening!December 15, 2012 at 7:05 pmReply

    I’d do exactly what you said: try them somewhere where you can’t grow anything else. The fact that they are so different than the spuds you can get from the grocer is another reason to grow them.

    I was hoping you’d put a nice big tub of bamboo back on that concrete slab though… :)

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