Potato – Shetland Black (maincrop)
Shetland Black (maincrop)
Shetland Black potatoes are kidney shaped and have a dark purple skin with a distinctive purple ring within the yellow flesh. The flavour is sweet and creamy and the texture is floury. The tubers are best cooked with the skin. The tubers are smaller than modern varieties. This is a very old variety dating back to 1923.
Plant outdoors in mid April and harvest late September to October
Spacing: 30cm in drill (drills widely spaced so you can earth up)
There are about 10-12 seed potatoes in a kilo.
With a spacing of 1 ft (30cm), you’ll get a 10-12ft (3.5 -4m) long drill per kilo.
With a spacing of 25cm, you’ll get a 3m long drill per kilo.