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Jersey Royals and Pembrokeshire Early potatoes on the way

With the first Jersey Royal potatoes being harvested from the glasshouse and shipped off to wholesalers this month, the premium potato season has officially begun. The popular variety is not the only potato in town to have earned protected food name status, however. The Pembrokeshire Earlies season, grown exclusively by Puffin Produce, is also underway, with the crop now being planted for a May harvest.

Like the Jersey Royal’s warm south-facing côtil slopes, Pembrokeshire enjoys a beneficial climate in the jutting foot of Wales, providing the potatoes with better growing conditions, but like their more southerly counterparts 2018 proved a trying season.

“The cold weather conditions at the beginning of spring 2018 definitely delayed crops slightly due to the soils maintaining a cooler temperature than normal. Here in Pembrokeshire we’re lucky to have the Gulf Stream hugging our coastline, which provides warmer air and quite often protects our coastal farms from harsher weather conditions,” says Megan Tye, marketing manager at Puffin Produce.

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