First early seed potatoes are planted between February and April and normally harvested in June and July; a few weeks prior to other varieties. They produce smaller potatoes that can be used new, boiled, steamed or sauted. These seed potatoes normally produce very tasty tubers that have a white waxy flesh.
First early seed potatoes need to be planted at a depth of 10cm with at least 30cm between each potato. There needs to be at least 60 to 70cm left between each row to give the potato plants enough room to grow and expand. Open flowers (if present) will indicate when the first tubers are present. This should be within 9 to 12 weeks after planting. The potatoes should then be left for 2 to 3 weeks to allow the skin to harden so that they are able to store better.
First early potatoes have the best taste when they are dug, cooked and prepared all within a few hours – this can only be done if you grow them yourself!