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07/08/2013 at 11:58

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 ?

07/08/2013 at 12:59
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
Alan4711
07/08/2013 at 19:34

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.

07/08/2013 at 23:02

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 them, 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 Christmas.     

08/08/2013 at 10:59

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

08/08/2013 at 11:38

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.

08/08/2013 at 16:25

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.

08/08/2013 at 17:00

Netherfield, so I have 148 useless seeds then

08/08/2013 at 17:56

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

08/08/2013 at 23:55

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.

09/08/2013 at 06:42

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

09/08/2013 at 07:01

What sort of soil did you grow them in?  Was it soil-based or one of the peat-free brands or peat-based?

I've not grown potatoes in proprietary soil-less composts but I'm wondering if some of the mixes might impart a flavour/smell?

09/08/2013 at 17:40

The soil was a mix of compost and soil from the ground, so can't work it out at all. Seems like it will remain a mystery.

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