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Uwhi August 22, 2012

Filed under: Potato Varieties in my Collection — kimberleycooper @ 11:14 pm

UwhiUwhi also known as ‘Uwhiwhero’, this is a cultivar commonly grown in the North, possibly the same variety as Wherowhero of Bay of Plenty origin.  Large round, light pink skinned, with deep set eyes. A heavy cropper of large, tasty potatoes with a floury flesh.  The pink to orange-pink tubers have moderately deep eyes with white flesh. The waxy tubers have a pleasantly distinctive taste when cooked. Like “Whataroa”. USES – multi-purpose- salads, steamed, boiled, wedges, roasts.


Karupoti July 24, 2012

Filed under: Potato Varieties in my Collection — kimberleycooper @ 5:23 am

KarupotiThis potato has round-to-oval tubers which have a dark red skin and moderately deep-set eyes. The flesh colour within the vascular ring is a dark reddish purple surrounded by white flesh.   The name ‘Karupoti’ (‘eye of the cat’) is derived from this feature. The potatoes become floury when cooked, indicating they are low in moisture and sugar content, and high in starch. They tend to disintegrate when boiled. The plants grow larger than average and produce large white flowers.  Uses – mashing, roasting, chips.



Te Maori

Filed under: Potato Varieties in my Collection — kimberleycooper @ 5:18 am

Smooth, flat oval.  Very dark purple skin and white flesh.  An early-maturing variety with great flavour.  Multi-purpose.


Pink Fir Apple July 22, 2012

Filed under: Potato Varieties in my Collection — kimberleycooper @ 3:19 am

Pink Fir 2011 Season

Pink fir have long, knobbly, cigar-shaped tubers with a pink blush on white skin and creamy yellow flesh. Pink Fir have a firm and waxy flesh that has a delicious nutty flavour. This unusual potato is over a century old and is worth trying. They are delicious boiled as new potatoes, steamed, jacket baked, or used cold in salads. An Irish Potato. The name “fir” is Gaelic for “man”. An elongated potato with pinkish skin and yellow waxy flesh. Retains it’s excellent firm flesh when cooked. Outstanding variety.  USES – salads, boiled.


Pink Fir1

Pink Fir 2012 season


Pawhero July 20, 2012

Filed under: Potato Varieties in my Collection — kimberleycooper @ 9:01 am

 This one doesn’t do well at all commercially only in home gardens where it gets extra love! Long and curved like a sausage, with very bright purple skin like Te Maori, and with very white flesh like Maori, which is also fluffy when cooked.

I am wondering if Pawhero in the North Island may be the equivalent of Moeraki Whaler variety in the South.  We will have to wait and see…



Filed under: Potato Varieties in my Collection — kimberleycooper @ 8:38 am

Raetihi1 Grows very large and blocky, so the larger ones from each plant are almost square around the edges.  Prolific bearer. Quite curvy, bumpy potatoes. Cream skinned and fleshed, the flesh is very dense and waxy, and they are wonderful potatoes cooked anyway except mashing. Great buttery flavour.  USES – They make excellent potato salad, roast potatoes and oven baked chips.


Moeraki Whaler July 19, 2012

Filed under: Potato Varieties in my Collection — kimberleycooper @ 12:49 am

Moeraki1This is probably the rarest of all my collection, and is the potato of my ancestors, as my whakapapa is traced back to Moeraki Maori and the European Whaling station pioneers at Moeraki.  Early origins of the Moeraki Potato are shrouded in speculation, but one food archaeologist, Helen Leach, believes this potato be the descendent of the potatoes planted by Captain Cook in Queen Charlotte Sound in April 1773.
It is then thought that Maori gardeners cultivated them and brought to whaling stations like Moeraki in the 1830 – 1840s. Long and large shaped rather like a smooth kumara, with purple skin. There have been stories of these growing to a foot long!  White and purple flesh, a little like the texture of Urenika when cooked. Distinctive flavor.  USES – mashing, roasting, wedges.

I started with only one wrinkly old sprouted potato of this variety two years ago, which was the last the Moeraki grower had sitting in the bottom of his potato shed.  I have been struggling to keep the strain alive since.  The plants have improved substantially and with strict seed selection I have 4 very healthy seed for this season’s planting.

I am wondering if Pawhero may be the equivalent of this variety in the North.  We will have to wait and see…


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