Arran Victory Potato

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Place Category: Food Producers and Slow Food Ark of Taste

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  • Cultivated on the Isle of Arran for, and named in celebration of the end of WW1 in 1918. Its defining feature is the deep purple-blue hue of its skin and whiter-than- most within. It has a special place in Scottish history with a specific region, from one of the Inner Hebridean isles. Because of its excellent flavour it is beginning to find a resurgence of interest.

    It is available from a few heritage potato seed growers and grown in kitchen gardens. Not available in shops. Thankfully the Arran Victory is still around, in very small numbers, but interest is growing due to its flavour. Supermarkets have little interest in heritage varieties and without enthusiasts the Arran Victory would undoubtedly have been lost. It takes time and knowledge to source – a reason why the Ark is so important to highlight these varietals.

    The spectacular skin colour fades on cooking but the flavour is excellent, differing slightly depending on the soil and conditions in which it is grown. This is a real traditional potato and not at all bland.

    Available from Skea Organics, The Potato House

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