Growers of Ayrshire new potatoes are reported to be enjoying high-quality product this year as the variety's season gets underway.
The potatoes, which are now available at Tesco stores in Scotland until early September, have benefitted from “ideal” planting and growing conditions this year, according to Greenvale supplier Irene Wilson.
“We are delighted by the quality of the crop,” she said. “Shoppers will be tasting our potatoes at their very best this year.”
The Wilson family’s 350-acre Low Boydston Farm in Ayrshire, on Scotland’s south-west coast, benefits from the warm waters of the Gulf Stream, making it well suited to growing Ayrshire new potatoes
Of the farm's 350 acres, 100 acres are sand-loam on the coast, and a further 200 acres are loam soil, lying 100 feet above sea-level. The farm works on a rotation of potatoes and beef cattle to ensure fertile soils.
The grower’s Ayrshire new potatoes are packed at Greenvale’s Scottish site in Berwickshire and only distributed locally “to ensure they arrive on Tesco shelves as quickly as possible and at the peak of freshness”.
They are sold both loose and in 750g packs.