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King Edward Potatoes
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King Edward potatoes are medium to large in size and are round to oval in shape. They are easily identified by their light tan to brown skin with pink or red blush spots. There are also a few shallow eyes on the smooth surface. The flesh has a milky, light cream hue and is firm and dense. When cooked, King Edward potatoes hold their cream-colored hue and boast a floury, fluffy, and starchy texture.
King Edward potatoes are available year-round, with peak season in the late summer through early fall.
King Edward potatoes, botanically classified as Solanum tuberosum ‘King Edward’, are one of the oldest known varieties of potatoes grown in the United Kingdom, dating back to 1902. These potatoes are recognized by both professional chefs and home cooks as one of the most versatile varieties for cooking and growing at home. This particular maincrop variety has low productivity but is a popular variety to grow in home gardens because of its pleasing flavor.
King Edward potatoes are a good source of vitamin C, potassium, vitamin B6, folates, and some fiber.
King Edward potatoes are best suited for cooked applications such as mashing, boiling, baking, or chipping, but they shine when roasted. King Edward potatoes can be utilized in a variety of recipes ranging from gnocchi, potato cakes, to stews and casseroles. Their light and fluffy texture when cooked can be incorporated into dishes such as mashed potatoes and shepherd’s pie to add texture and heartiness. King Edward potatoes pair well savory ingredients such as poached eggs, asparagus, pork chops, roast beef, fish pie, mushrooms, and diced tomatoes. They will keep for a few weeks when stored in a cool, dark, and dry place with little to no sunlight.
King Edward potatoes were historically a favorite potato among housewives in the United Kingdom because they were easily identified while shopping in the store by their blush spots and were known to have excellent flavor. King Edward potatoes are also known as a classic Christmas variety in the United Kingdom today and are often featured in Christmas dishes during the holidays.
King Edward potatoes originated in the United Kingdom around 1902. The variety was created by John Butler in Lincolnshire and was named in honor of King Edward VII to commemorate his coronation that year. Today King Edward potatoes can be found at specialty markets in Europe.
Recipes that include King Edward Potatoes. One is easiest, three is harder.
|BBC Good Food||Perfect Roast Potatoes|
|Cook Your Own Potatoe||Potato Gratin|
|Delicious Magazine||Hasselback Potatoes|
|Hungry Healthy Happy||Garlic and Rosemary Roasted Potatoes|
|Morghew||Roasted King Edwards|