Where does your potato come from? Me? Meh! Organic farms, since a few weeks…
Hum, why would the Blogger Bio Blitz be limited to wild species? So here are a few old (French) varieties of potatoes I got yesterday. This is the advantage of living in a rural place with a few organic farmers around: an excellent opportunity to meet old forgotten (and almost extinct for some) varieties. Something that would fulfill your curiosity for lost diversity. If you’re like me, you’ll get striked by marginal phenotypes and spend some time admiring this.
- Ruby: Like he said. Obviously ruby, not rubbish!
- Vitellote noire : an oldie which can apparently be traced back as far as before 1815 (as referred to in a few agricultural documents). Almost two centuries of cultivation! I can’t wait to see the deep blue inside (the outer epiderm is black).
- La corne de ratte: interesting small tubercule with red skin, often dividing and spreading from each other. I cannot confirm it right now but it is claimed to have one of the finest taste. It can be dated back as early as 1870 and probably originated near Lyon (South of France). Also, it was probably saved by itstaste, when greatest chefs decided to use it frantically in their recipes.
- Bec de caille (translates as quail beak): an interesting potato with a two coloured skin –mostly light brown all around, and redish in patches centered by an ‘eye’.