Friday, January 21, 2011

The Colour Purple

Well now what can I say. Firstly, yes they are a potato. Secondly, yes they are purple and thirdly maybe, yes, I did grow them.

Purple Congo potatoes. I was visiting a friend's garden one day and she pulled some of these up and warned me not to plant them or you'll have them coming up everywhere forever. And I thought to myself how good would that be so I ignored her warning, planted some and
I'm so glad I did.

They are easy to grow and they taste  delicious.

So far I've had them in potato salad and mashed and they hold their purpleness when cooked.
 How to grow them? The same as any other potato. Bung 'em in the ground and stand back. Of course you  can add some compost, hill them up and mulch them, they'll appreciate all that.
I did a quick search around for the origins of this variety but came up empty. If anyone has info on their origins I'd like to hear from you.

Cheers and here's to the colour Purple,



Rolley said...

ah my fav colour. I tried growing the Sapphire variety, which is purple fleshed as well but with white sprinkles through it.. unfortunately the amount of rain completely rotted every single one I had planted. Alas!!

Stewart said...

rotten rain. With your climate you could plant in march out of the wet..

hbierlich said...

Purple-fleshed potatoes have existed in Peru "forever" (as long as the white, yellow, and pink fleshed ones).

JwestonD said...

Purple Congo potatoes are common in the Scandinavian countries of Sweden and Finland, you can sometimes find them in Denmark. I live in Denmark, I buy them whenever I see them, which is seldom nowadays. Next time I buy some, I'll see if I can get them to grow, they have a wonderful taste, and now I have a garden!

Olive said...

I think I'll try these next planting.

veggiegobbler said...

That is a fantastic colour I think I'll try them.

Stewart said...

Hi Olive and veggiegobbler. Let me know how you when you do please.

mel said...

Their origin is Peru/Andres