Posted: 25/09/2014 at 20:07
I'm just finishing harvesting my Maris Piper, got two more rows to go, and I've had to sort them into 2 sacks - spuds with holes and those without - damned keeled slugs. The worst ones I was going to throw into the food waste bin but decided to try and salvage some, mash and freeze them. They were absolutely riddled with holes, uncovered by the peeler, and some still had slugs in - yuuurch! As it is my first attempt ( only got the allotment in April) it is a bit demoralising. If I grow main crop next year I will go for a slug resistant variety.
The quality is a bit suspect as well. When boiling, the outer skins turn to mush before the middle is cooked, so timing is critical otherwise you end up wth a pan full of mushy potatoes. Monty Don mentioned this in his article in last months GW with his Charlotte crop, and they were short on taste, he thought it was too much rain in spring. Still, I expect they'll make great roasties