Spring just starts and the Jersey Royal Mids are here!!
Jersey Royal Potatoes are famous for being the UK’s favourite new potato and are renowned for their unique taste, flavour, and delicate skins. However, not only do Jersey Royal Potatoes taste fantastic, they are also incredibly nutritious.
In 1880 a Jersey farmer named Hugh de la Haye discovered the Jersey Royal by chance. He planted two huge potatoes that he had been given, one of which had 15 ‘eyes’ from which new plants sprout. He cut this particular potato into 15 pieces and planted them on a steep south-facing slope overlooking the sea. The following spring, they produced a large and early crop. Most of the new crop produced round tubers, but one plant produced nothing but uniquely kidney shaped potatoes. The Jersey Royal was born.
Due to the manner of its discovery and its superior flavour, it was christened the Jersey Royal Fluke. It was carefully nurtured and developed within the island to produce the later stocks of Jersey Royals. Most of the old traditions are still employed with the crop being planted carefully by hand.