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British potato enthusiast sows seeds for more heritage varieties

A potato enthusiast from Hampshire in the UK has produced six more heritage varieties. Among those being produced by Alan Wilson, who lives in Fleet, Hampshire, is a potato called Fortyfold, thought to be the oldest variety grown in Britain, having been introduced in 1836. Stephen Lloyd reports for In Your Area.

The spuds are being grown by Gavin Janaway at Lodge Farm in North Warnborough near Odiham, and will be sold there in the autumn in Newlyns Farm Shop. They will also be on sale under Wilson’s Wonders brand at a dozen shops in Hampshire, Surrey and Berkshire.

Wilson’s Wonders started on Saturday July 4 with Pentland Javelin new potatoes, which are dug from the fields one day and sold in local shops the next.

The later heritage additions are a significant milestone for Mr Wilson’s ambitious three-year project to bring back these rare varieties. Five have been produced from virus-free stem cuttings in Scotland. Red Kent Edward, the sixth variety, quickly sold out when it was raised last year.

Mr Wilson said: “I am delighted that I will be able to offer more choice from these outstanding varieties. This will be another step in my long-held ambition to put more rare potatoes on plates.”

For more details about the varieties, visit Mr Wilson’s Facebook page, Wilson’s Wonders Potatoes.

Source: In Your Area
Photo: Fleet resident Alan Wilson with his selection of potatoes at Potato Day at St Phillip and St James Church Hall last year (Credit: Gareth Davies)

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