Anya Fingerling Potatoes
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Anya fingerling potatoes are petite with a long, narrow, oval like shape. Its thin skin is knobby and tan to pale pink colored with deep set eyes. Within, the Anya potato’s flesh is creamy white to yellow, waxy, and firm. When cooked this potato offers an excellent flavor with nuances of chestnuts.
Anya potatoes are available in the late spring and early summer.
The Anya potato is botanically known as part of Solanum tuberosum and is a member of the Solanaceae, or nightshade, family. The Anya fingerling potato is a cross between the cultivars desiree and pink fir. The Anya fingerling’s full flavor was inherited from pink fir, and its creamy, yellow flesh was passed down from desiree. The breeder rights to the Anya potato are currently held by Albert Bartlett and Sons under a contract that extends until 2026. Anya potatoes belong to the fingerling group of potatoes and are also known as salad potatoes, due to their excellence in potato salads.
The Anya fingerling potato offers vitamin B1, potassium, and fiber.
As a salad potato, the Anya fingerling is ideal both for its nutty flavor and for its ability to hold its shape well when cooked. Additionally, its skin is so thin that, even when used in a salad, it does not need to be peeled. The Anya fingerling potato is also wonderful boiled, sautéed, roasted, or steamed. Anya potatoes pair well with tomatoes, green beans, dill, parsley, oregano, garlic, lemon, kale, red onion, shallots, cumin, mustard, red wine vinegar, lentils, tuna, chicken, and salmon. To store keep Anya fingerling potatoes in a cool, dark place. For best flavor and texture, use within two to three weeks.
The Anya potato was named after Lady Anya Sainsbury, the wife of Baron Sainsbury, owner of the UK supermarket chain known by the same name. Anya potatoes were awarded Gold in 2009 at The Guild of Fine Food’s Great Taste Awards.
The Anya fingerling potato was bred by the Scottish Crop Research Institute in 1995 exclusively for the UK’s supermarket chain, Sainsbury’s. It was grown by Lord Sainsbury’s gardener and was so enjoyed by the supermarket tycoon that he named it and set things in place for the potato to be sold exclusively in Sainsbury’s stores. Commercial growing rights of Anya potatoes is held by plant breeder Albert Bartlett who manages farms and distribution to Sainsbury’s stores. In 2012 Albert Bartlett expanded to the United States setting up headquarters in Denver, Colorado. Currently in the United States the Albert Bartlett rooster potato is the only type grown and distributed but hope is that in time they will expand to include the Anya potato as well as other Albert Bartlett potatoes favored in the UK. Though commercial distribution of the Anya potato is limited to the UK currently, the seeds can be purchased from select UK seed catalogs and grown in home gardens and farms. The Anya potato produces heavy yields, can be grown in containers, and is resistant to scab, a common disease that often affects potatoes.
Recipes that include Anya Fingerling Potatoes. One is easiest, three is harder.
|Cooking In Sens||Jamie’s Lamb with Olives and Tomatoes|
|Delia Online||Anya Potato Salad with Shallots and Vinaigrette|
|Shivaay Delights||Anya Potato Thins|