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Top 10 Potato Varieties

Home grown potatoes are always far tastier than shop bought spuds - and they’re great fun to grow too! Whether you have a large allotment or just a balcony, you can still grow a decent crop. If you’re new to growing potatoes then we have plenty of advice on to get you started with our handy ‘How to grow potatoes’ guides.

There are plenty of potato varieties to choose from. From first earlies to late maincrops, and everything in between. Don’t be alarmed by the huge choice of varieties. Our Potato Selector Guide will help you find your perfect potato. Alternatively, check out our Top 10 Potato Varieties listed below and choose from some of our most popular customer favourites.


Maris Piper Potatoes

1. Maris Piper - Maincrop

This well known variety is a chip shop favourite! Maris Piper has been a popular maincrop since the 60’s. This purple flowered variety produces good yields of tubers with a dry, floury texture. Because of their particularly high dry-matter content, these splendid spuds are perfect for making chips and deliciously fluffy roast potatoes with a mouth-watering, crunchy outside.


Rooster Potatoes

2. Rooster - Late Maincrop

Rooster makes a great choice for your Christmas dinner. This Irish potato has found its niche as a top quality late maincrop with a fabulous flavour. The red skinned tubers have pale yellow, floury flesh that won’t fall apart during cooking. This versatile potato makes a crunchy roastie, fluffy mash or a creamy baked potato. Delicious, however you choose to cook it.!


Arran Pilot Potato

3. Arran Pilot - First Early

A reliable old favourite that remains as popular as ever! This traditional, first early variety produces white tubers with firm, waxy flesh. Arran Pilot is renowned for its deliciously earthy flavour - cook them straight from the ground to enjoy them at their best. Eat them hot or cold as a new potato or a fabulous salad variety.


Cara potato

4. Cara - Maincrop

Potato ‘Cara’ proves extremely reliable on almost any soil. This resilient maincrop copes well with drought and shows good resistance to eelworm and blight. No wonder it’s such a popular choice with allotment growers. The oval tubers are particularly uniform, with attractive red eyes and fluffy flesh that makes great jacket potatoes or chips.


Pink Fir Apple Potato

5. Pink Fir Apple - Late Maincrop

Pink Fir Apple is a heritage variety dating back to 1850, which is simply unmatchable by modern varieties! The knobbly, pink skinned tubers have real character and make an attractive addition to your plate. Inside, the waxy flesh is buttery yellow with a distinctive ‘nutty flavour’ that really sets it apart. Boil or steam them whole and enjoy alongside those late summer salads.


Sapro Mira Potato

6. Sarpo Mira - Late Maincrop

A late maincrop that will store for months! Potato ‘Sarpo Mira’ has it all - incredible blight resistance alongside good slug resistance, and it even grows well on almost any soil. This reliable variety produces heavy crops of red-skinned tubers with a floury texture, making this a good ‘all rounder’ in the kitchen. For the best quality crops, leave the tubers in the ground for an extra 4 weeks after cutting back the foliage. This will allow the skins to ‘set’ prior top lifting them.


Salad Blue Potato

7. Salad blue - Maincrop

Don’t be fooled by the name - this unusual coloured potato is best used in the kitchen for baking, roasting, mashing, boiling or making novelty blue chips. Potato ‘Salad Blue’ is a vigorous variety producing good yields of violet-skinned tubers with a floury texture that retains its colour during cooking. A great choice for adding some colour to your dinner plate!


Maris Peer Potato

8. Maris Peer - Second Early

A popular variety with restaurateurs for its excellent flavour and creamy yellow flesh, that won’t disintegrate with cooking. Maris Peer produces good yields of small, new or salad potatoes that can be enjoyed either hot or cold. This variety is particularly notable for its gently scented, purple flowers that make an attractive feature on the allotment or vegetable plot.


Setanta Potato

9. Setanta - Maincrop

This flavoursome potato was voted top of our red-skinned varieties in our own taste tests. Potato ‘Setanta’ is a top choice for making deliciously fluffy roasties with a lovely crunch on the outside. The buttery flesh makes excellent baked spuds and mash! It has a reputation for producing colossal yields, similar to ‘Rooster’, and shows good drought tolerance which makes it a useful allotment variety.


Abbot Potato

10. Abbot - First Early

A favourite with our customers and well worth a try! This first early variety is a heavy cropper producing high yields of small, oval tubers if lifted early - perfect for salads or enjoyed as a new potato. If Potato 'Abbot' is left in the ground the tubers will develop into larger, summer bakers or can be made into tasty chips.



Sue Sanderson T&M horticulturalist

Written by: Sue Sanderson

Plants and gardens have always been a big part of my life. I can remember helping my Dad to prick out seedlings, even before I could see over the top of the potting bench. As an adult, I trained at Writtle College where I received my degree, BSc. (Hons) Horticulture. After working in a specialist plantsman's nursery, and later, as a consulting arboriculturalist, I joined Thompson & Morgan in 2008. Initially looking after the grounds and coordinating the plant trials, I now support the web team offering horticultural advice online.

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