The not so humble potato

Bluff has oysters, Central Otago has stone fruit and North Otago has new potatoes.

Almost every area has a culinary speciality and one of ours is the not so humble late spring/early summer spud.

Laugh if you want to, but it you haven’t tasted North Otago new potatoes you’ve missed a treat.

For most of the year I could take or leave potatoes and if I wasn’t cooking for others I’d leave them off the menu more often that not.

But in late spring and early summer the locally grown Jersey Bennies ripen and they are delicious.

Rub the dirt off under running water,  put in a pot, cover with water, add mint, bring to the boil, turn the heat off and leave them on the element until they are tender.

Serve warm or cold.


11 Responses to The not so humble potato

  1. Fredinthegrass says:

    I heartily agree, Hp, but seeing it is Christmas,
    may I have a little butter melted over them too.

  2. homepaddock says:

    If you want to sacrifice your arteries for the sake of the dairy industry, Fred, have the butter & enjoy it 🙂

  3. Raymond A Francis says:

    The thing is, with real North Otago Jersey Bennies the butter flavour is built in
    So, no need for butter or blocked arteries
    It is all about terroir

  4. I can always remember the guy who owned Abbey Lodge I think, paying a huge amount for the first potatoes of the season. Given the ODT who I worked for always made it front page news it was an astute marketing ploy on his part. You are right they are fantastic and I am with Fred even better with butter.

  5. Fredinthegrass says:

    Hp, as a dairy farmer you ought to be aware that butter in moderation does little damage to the arteries. In fact it is a much healthier product than virtually all other similar spreads. It is the way it is eaten – excessive quantities, and combined with certain foods – that can cause some issues.

    Milk is a far more debilitating product for your health based on the diets cows eat and the recent trend in farming practices.

  6. adam2314 says:

    There is nothing like a GOOD Spud..

    Delving back into the files..

    At Christmas Dinner ( With all ears and eyes open ) at Grandfathers place ( circa 40’s England )

    New Potato’s were served…

    Fresh from the sealed tins that they were buried in, many, many, months previous..

    No taste of Mint..

    No taste of Butter..

    Just NEW POTATO.

    Mmmmmmmmm… Mmmmmmmmmmmm. SPECIAL !!..

    Today !..

    If you want fresh and willing to pay !!..

    Where are the memories going to come from ??..

  7. homepaddock says:

    Fred – like Ray, I’m happy to have my potatoes by themselves.

    But my tongue was in my cheek and I agree there’s nothing wrong with a little butter though you’ve lost me with your contention about milk – how can butter be okay if milk’s not?

  8. Fredinthegrass says:

    Lets try and do this in just a few words,Hp, in deference to the season – festive that is – for I am sure where the rain has fallen farmers will continue to be busy.

    Milk is touted as a health food, and butter as the bad ‘boy’.
    Both statements are error ridden, and, in IMHO, lead to folk making poor decisions re diet. The medical profession, who have been woefully short of nutritional training for years, can do little to counter the ‘false/inaccurate’ advertising that plagues the food industry generally.

    Lets leave it here with – “Butter butters better”
    and – Milk spoils a good coffee!

  9. homepaddock says:

    Thanks Fred, I don’t drink coffee but when I did I had it black.

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