Today I went to the garden centre near Otley for lunch, and couldn’t resist buying some seed potatoes for my vegetable plot. Browsing through the various varieties, I was drawn to one that said is was an old Ayrshire variety. I wonder whether any of my Ayrshire ancestors grew them?
I’ve looked them up on the internet and learnt that Ayrshire tatties are an Epicure variety introduced in 1897. Apparently they’re very good at recovering from a late frost, which we’re prone to in my part of Yorkshire, and are an early “new” potato (my favourites).
They are now in trays on the conservatory window sill chitting away until it’s warm enough to plant them out. My Aberdeenshire grandfather used to say that you knew the soil was warm enough to plant out potatoes once the weeds had begun to grow.