The Jersey Royal Potato has been grown on the island of Jersey for 140 years and was grown from originally from two large potatoes that farmer Hugh de la Haye bought at the market. He had some friends round that evening and cut these massive potatoes into 15 pieces as there were 15 eyes (the sprouty bits that are where the roots will pop out of). His friends all planted their piece in the cotil (hill fields) and next spring a crop of normal sized round potatoes emerged. However one plant produced the unique kidney shaped potatoes that tasted delicious. Years of careful cultivation have meant that thisspecial tasty kidney shaped potato is now what we call the Jersey Royal Potato. At first it was called the Jersey Royal Fluke in 1878, the new name is far better!
Only potatoes grown on the island of Jersey can claim the title Jersey Royal.
Jersey Royal potatoes make up for half of the island's agricultural income.
The proper name for this potato is the International Kidney Potato.
There are more than 20 farms that grow only these potatoes and nothing else.
Jersey Royals take up a whopping 7,500 acrres of the island.
They use seaweed (vraic) as a natural fertiliser and have been using this on their fields since the 12th century.
The harvest is from April to July and the high spot is in May when over 1500 tonnes are exported from the island.
They contain complex carbohydrates, vitamin C (especially the skins), vitamin B and fibre.
They should be boiled in their skins in unsalted water and served with butter and seasoning.