Salad potatoes come in many shapes, sizes and colours. They're well worth growing, as they're such a versatile crop - delicious served hot with a knob of butter, or combined with any number of ingredients in a potato salad. All salad potatoes share a firm, waxy texture and many have an intense, nutty flavour.
For many years the most common salad potato was 'Jersey Royal' - revered by the greengrocer as the herald of spring. With today's interest in 'grow your own', many more varieties are on offer to growers, with mail-order specialists offering the widest selection.
Salad potatoes are a great source of energy, fibre, potassium and vitamin B. Although potatoes don’t count towards your five a day, they are fat free and nutritious. Skin colour doesn't affect the taste of the potato, but the skin does add to the flavour, so don't peel potatoes unless you have to. Another reason to keep the skin is that it contains high levels of nutrients.
To help you decide which varieties to grow, we've chosen our Top 10 salad potatoes for flavour, below.