Anya Fingerling Potatoes
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Anya fingerling potatoes are small with a narrow, oval, and irregular shape. Its thin skin ranges from tan to beige and has deep-set eyes. The Anya potato’s flesh can be creamy white to a pale yellow and is waxy and firm. When cooked, this potato has a slightly nutty flavor with nuances of chestnut.
Anya fingerling potatoes are available in the late spring and early summer.
The Anya fingerling potato, botanically classified as Solanum tuberosum ‘Anya’, is a cross between the cultivars Desiree and Pink Fir. The Anya fingerling’s full flavor was inherited from Pink Fir, and its creamy, yellow flesh was passed down from Desiree. The Anya fingerling potato produces heavy yields, can be grown in containers and is resistant to scab.
Anya fingerling potatoes contain vitamin B1, potassium, and fiber.
Anya fingerling potatoes are best suited for cooked applications such as boiling, sautéing, roasting, or steaming. As a salad potato, the Anya fingerling is ideal both for its nutty flavor and for its ability to hold its shape well when cooked. Additionally, its skin is so thin that, even when used in a salad, it does not need to be peeled. Anya potatoes pair well with tomatoes, green beans, dill, parsley, oregano, garlic, lemon, kale, red onion, shallots, cumin, mustard, red wine vinegar, lentils, tuna, chicken, and salmon. Anya fingerling potatoes will keep for up to 3 weeks when stored in a cool, dry, dark place.
The Anya potato was named after Lady Anya Sainsbury, the wife of Baron Sainsbury, owner of the United Kingdom supermarket, Sainsbury. The supermarket tycoon loved the variety so much that he sold the potato exclusively in Sainsbury’s stores.
The Anya fingerling potato was bred by the Scottish Crop Research Institute in 1995 for the United Kingdom’s supermarket chain, Sainsbury’s. Though commercial distribution of the Anya potato is limited to the United Kingdom currently, the seeds can be purchased from select seed catalogs and grown in home gardens and farms.
Recipes that include Anya Fingerling Potatoes. One is easiest, three is harder.