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Maris Piper Potatoes
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Maris Piper potatoes are small to medium in size and are oval to oblong in shape. They have a somewhat uniform shape, and the skin is brown to light tan and smooth. There are also a few shallow eyes that are spread across the surface. The flesh has a yellow to cream-colored hue and is dense and firm. When cooked, Maris Piper potatoes have a fluffy and floury texture with mild and earthy flavors.
Maris Piper potatoes are available year-round, with peak season in the late summer through early fall.
Maris Piper potatoes, botanically classified as Solanum tuberosum ‘Maris Piper’, are considered by some to be the most commonly grown variety in the United Kingdom and is popular for making chips, also known as French fries.
Maris Piper potatoes contain potassium, fiber, and vitamin C.
Maris Piper potatoes are best suited for cooked applications such as chipping, roasting, mashing, or baking. Maris Piper potatoes contain a high amount of dry matter content which makes them ideal for frying or roasting to obtain a crunchy outside and fluffy texture on the inside. Maris Piper potatoes pair well with simple seasonings such as salt and pepper and fresh herbs or can be combined in savory dishes such as potato and egg hash. Maris Piper potatoes will keep for a few weeks when stored in a cool, dry place with little to no sunlight.
Maris Piper potatoes are grown commercially in the United Kingdom and are called for specifically by name in many recipes. They are seldom found outside of the islands due to seed shipping restrictions.
Maris Piper potatoes originated in Ireland from grower John Clarke in 1963. Clarke created over thirty-three certified varieties of potatoes and worked closely with Dr. Harold Howard who was in charge of the Cambridge breeding institute. Many new produce varieties were grown at the institute and given the first name of "Maris" due to the location of the institute on Maris Lane. The second name given to each new crop began with the first letter of the specific variety. In this instance, Harold Howard’s son, William, suggested Piper to be the name to denote the letter “P” for potato.