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King Edward Potatoes
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King Edward potatoes are round to oval in shape and are easily identified by their light tan color with pink or red blush spots on the skin. King Edward potatoes have shallow eyes on their smooth, firm surface and are a medium sized potato. The flesh has a milky, light cream hue that remains once cooked and boasts a floury, fluffy, and starchy texture.
King Edward potatoes are available year round with peak season in the late summer months and early fall.
The King Edward potato, botanically classified as Solanum tuberosum ‘King Edward’, is one of the oldest known varieties of potatoes grown in the United Kingdom, dating back to 1902. These potatoes are recognized by both professional chefs and home cooks as one of the most versatile potatoes for cooking and growing at home. This particular maincrop variety has low productivity but is a popular variety to grow in home gardens because of its pleasing flavor.
King Edward potatoes are a good source of vitamin C, potassium, vitamin B6, and folates. King Edward potatoes have minimal fiber and have a high water content.
King Edward potatoes are best suited for cooked applications. They are versatile and perform well in almost any cooking methods such as mashing, boiling, baking or chipping. However, King Edward potatoes shine when roasted. King Edward potatoes can be utilized in a variety of recipes ranging from gnocchi to potato cakes. Their light and fluffy texture when cooked can be incorporated into a dish to add texture and heartiness. King Edward potatoes pair well savory ingredients such as poached eggs, asparagus, and diced tomatoes. King Edward potatoes, when stored in a cool, dry place with little to no sunlight, will keep for a few weeks.
King Edward potatoes were historically a favorite potato among housewives in the United Kingdom because they were easily identified while shopping in the store by their blush spots and were known to have excellent flavor. King Edward potatoes are also known as a classic Christmas variety in the United Kingdom today and are often featured in Christmas dishes during the holidays.
King Edward potatoes originated in the United Kingdom around 1902. The new variety was created by John Butler in Lincolnshire and was named in honor of King Edward VII to commemorate his coronation that year.