Intelligencer Journal/Lancaster New Era
RUFFHEAD'S POTATO PICKS
The secrets to super spuds nThink you might want to add (Yukon) Gold, Russet or Red (Norland or Pontiac) to your garden this year? We consulted longtime gardener and potato fan Gary Ruffhead for his step-by-step advice. Warmer days are on the horizon, and BY MARY BETH SCHWEIGERT, Staff Writer
Which potato variety should you grow?
Consider flavor, appearance, when you want to harvest and how long the potatoes will keep, Gary Ruffhead suggests. If you're not still sure, buy a few seeds in several varieties and try them in your soil.
Some of Ruffhead's favorites that grow well locally:
Red Norland: Round, red-skinned variety that's ready to harvest by late July. Excellent for mashed potatoes or harvested early as new potatoes. Won't keep long.
Kennebec: White, oblong and good for baking. Keeps all winter and into the spring.
Red Pontiac: Large, red-skinned potato that's great for mashing.
Yukon Gold: Medium-sized potato with yellow, buttery flesh. Great for mashed potatoes, soups and salads.
Russet: Long potato with brown skin and white flesh that's good for baking, mashing and making gnocchi dough.
n Additional sources: Burpee.com and bonappetit.com
-- Mary Beth Schweigert