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Jersey Royals..

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sue1169 Fri 28-Apr-17 17:50:00

At the moment..EVERY supermarket in the whole of the UK will be selling Jersey Royals (hmmm) that must be millions&millions of them...are they really ALL from Jersey?...just asking!!😊

Wheniwasyourage Fri 28-Apr-17 18:03:57

Haven't looked today, but the last time I looked they hadn't got here yet. Hope there are some left! Our local Tesco's sold them in packs last year, and only occasionally loose, which I much prefer.

I know what you mean sue1169 - it does seem hard to believe - don't they have to call them something else if they're not from Jersey? (As if that would necessarily make a difference. Cynic, moi?)

Jalima1108 Fri 28-Apr-17 18:26:55


The Jersey Royal season begins in November with planting under glass. The main outdoor crop is planted from January to April with harvesting from the end of March through to the July. The peak of the season is May, when up to 1,500 tonnes of Royals can be exported daily
a type of potato grown in Jersey which has a Protected Designation of Origin.

I am going to cook some for dinner tonight!

Jalima1108 Fri 28-Apr-17 18:29:00

The Jersey Royal new potato is the only potato that carries the EU Protected Designation of Origin mark of authenticity. This was awarded in part, as a recognition of the unique methods of production.

I had some asparagus last night grown in Herefordshire, just yards from where I ate it!

sue1169 Fri 28-Apr-17 18:32:49


Jalima1108 Fri 28-Apr-17 18:34:22

must go and cook !!

sue1169 Fri 28-Apr-17 18:44:42


phoenix Fri 28-Apr-17 19:11:33

The ones we had last year (at great expense!) were very disappointing.

After two or three tries, from different shops, we went back to buying Charlottes, a much more reliable spud for flavour.

Sad really, we used to look forward to the new season Jersey Royals.

sue1169 Fri 28-Apr-17 19:49:02

Ditto Phoenix...really not as tasty as they were..isnt it something to do with them not being allowed to use seaweed now in the growing process?...

Lillie Fri 28-Apr-17 19:51:10

We stayed in a nice hotel on Jersey, but there were never any Jersey Royals on the menu. We were disappointed to say the least. hmm

rosesarered Fri 28-Apr-17 19:55:16

Mmmmmm new potatoes with chopped chives and a pat of butter.Any new potatoes!

Jalima1108 Fri 28-Apr-17 20:00:30

Why can't they use seaweed?

MIL's next door neighbour always used seaweed on her veg garden, results were wonderful!

Just ate some and I must say they do not have the taste that they used to have years ago. Perhaps they are trying to produce too many, it used to be a real treat years ago but now they are in every supermarket.
Egyptian potatoes were always very nice too but we don't seem to see them any more.

Jalima1108 Fri 28-Apr-17 20:01:19

Charlottes already bought and on the menu tomorrow grin

rosesarered Fri 28-Apr-17 20:04:50

Jalima really strange that you just mentioned Egyptian potatoes, as I was going to and then didn't.You never see them now, they were slightly floury and very tasty.

Jalima1108 Fri 28-Apr-17 20:11:31

We used to be able to buy them loose, not packaged.

Greyduster Fri 28-Apr-17 20:40:47

I don't bother with Jerseys now - no flavour. Pembrokeshire new potatoes (tato newi - spelling) are nice - but you have to live in Pembrokeshire!

Jalima1108 Fri 28-Apr-17 20:47:19

Cornish new potatoes are good too.

Jalima1108 Fri 28-Apr-17 20:50:31

You can buy them further afield than Pembrokeshire smile

GrandmaMoira Fri 28-Apr-17 20:50:58

The last few years Jerseys have not tasted of anything much (and asparagus usually comes from Spain).

Jalima1108 Fri 28-Apr-17 20:52:00

ps an Ocado customer says on that link:

Don’t think they will work for mash

Jalima1108 Fri 28-Apr-17 20:53:57

Asparagus comes from the UK in the asparagus season - check the label!!

aggie Fri 28-Apr-17 21:01:56

I use Kerr's Pinks , bought from the farm shop 4 doors up the street and grown on their own farm .

Deedaa Fri 28-Apr-17 21:06:34

Actually most asparagus seems to come from Peru. It's the one vegetable I'm really fanatical about buying British.

hildajenniJ Fri 28-Apr-17 21:45:10

We had Jersey Royals for lunch today with trout in lemon butter and caper sauce, accompanied by sugar snap peas and baby corn. Lovely.

Jalima1108 Fri 28-Apr-17 23:32:58

Year-round asparagus seems to come from Peru but the British asparagus will be in the shops from about now for the season.