Jacket potatoes, baked in their skins, are perfect for simple, comforting lunches or suppers. Homegrown spuds are much more flavoursome than shop-bought, and they're easy to grow. Plus, if you grow your own, you can grow them organically.
Read our guide to growing potatoes.
A crispy skin is one of the best things about a jacket potato, but it's also where you'll find most of the chemicals in non-organic potatoes. So it's doubly worth growing organically if you're planning to eat the skin.
Two factors combine to make the best jacket potatoes. Firstly, the right variety - choose a second early or maincrop variety. Discover the three main types of potato to grow.
And secondly, good growing. Here's how to grow the best possible jacket potato.
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Harvest second earlies in late summer, maincrops in autumn. Lift earlies when the plants are still flowering - feel around underneath the plant to check the size of the tubers. Cut the tops off, then gently prise the plants out of the ground with a fork. Dig up the potatoes as you need them. Leave maincrops in the ground until the leaves turn yellow and die down. Dig them up on a dry day and cut off the tops. Discarding any damaged tubers. Main crop potatoes store well in a cool, frost-free place.