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blueberry77

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 ?

Alan4711
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
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BobTheGardener

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.

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.     

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

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Netherfield

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.

blueberry77

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

Netherfield

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

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.

broad bean

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

Dovefromabove

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?

blueberry77

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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