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squeezyjohn

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Harlequin potatoes
« on: January 13, 2017, 12:37:56 »
I grew these last year ... they were fab, smooth-skinned, productive, delicious waxy salad potatoes that stored well and I just had to have them again in greater quantity this year.  But my local garden centre that has a huge range said they wouldn't have any this year.  So I resorted to the internet ... all the online shops said they were out of stock apart from Sarah Raven with a hefty price tag of £5.95/kg but I really wanted them so I went for 2 bags.

The thing is that they arrived today ... and despite being bagged up and labeled as such I don't think they are Harlequins.  The harlequins I grew last year were smooth, finger-like tubers that tapered towards one end with little semi circles around the eyes and pink flushes against cream skin. They looked like the ones pictured on the Sarah Raven website in fact.  The ones I received have deep pitted eyes and are pink all over ... they look suspiciously like Anya potatoes to me, I've attached a picture below.

I suppose my question is could there be more than one strain of Harlequin?  Or do potatoes sometimes look very different if grown for seed?  And if the nursey insist that these are Harlequins, what do I do then?  Or am I worrying about nothing?

I have contacted the nursery and they've said they will send a replacement order, but if they're wrong too then that's not much help.

johhnyco15

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Re: Harlequin potatoes
« Reply #1 on: January 13, 2017, 13:01:04 »
this is a pic from fothergills i must say they look the same as yours
johhnyc015  may the plot be with you

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Re: Harlequin potatoes
« Reply #2 on: January 13, 2017, 21:22:45 »
I grew some a couple of years ago and they were knobbly like the one in your photo so you might have the right order -or it could be Pink Fir Apple. They are a cross between Pink Fir Apple and Charlotte which given how knobbly the former is  explains why they look like that. Have a look http://www.suttonelms.org.uk/pot41.html.
I agree they have a lovely flavour. I tried to get them last year but they weren't around locally.
« Last Edit: January 13, 2017, 21:25:36 by George the Pigman »

pumpkinlover

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Re: Harlequin potatoes
« Reply #3 on: January 14, 2017, 07:38:06 »
Your potato doesn't look the right colour even. I had forgotten how nice harlequin is.



squeezyjohn

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Re: Harlequin potatoes
« Reply #4 on: January 14, 2017, 10:26:21 »
I'm more and more convinced these are not Harlequins.  The seed potatoes last year and every single tuber I produced were almost completely smooth with not a single deep pitted eye.  Every single one of the seed potatoes I was sent have pitted eyes ... and the skins are completely pink.

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Re: Harlequin potatoes
« Reply #5 on: January 15, 2017, 17:14:18 »
They certainly don't look like the Harlequin I grew last year which were much smoother..

Another reason why I pick up my seed potatoes at a potato day or a large garden centre so I can see what I'm getting!

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Re: Harlequin potatoes
« Reply #6 on: January 19, 2017, 23:31:28 »
Well ... Sarah Raven have got back to me and said the following:

"we have investigated this matter and checked all our stock at the nursery and with the growers and would like to assure you that these are definitely Harlequin seed potatoes.
 
The growers have advised the following:
 
‘Harlequin is a potato that has been bread with Pink fir apple and so carries some of its characteristics, especially the pink colour on the skin.
Some years this can be more subtle than others, as is the same with king Edwards, this is due to soil types and growing conditions."


It's difficult to come back to that despite the fact that the seed potatoes bear a remarkably different morphology to those which I have seen with my own eyes in the variety.  So I will take their word for it and plant these potatoes.

If the resulting crop are totally different from Harlequins too, where does that leave me?  What are the laws and rights with seed labeling?

pumpkinlover

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Re: Harlequin potatoes
« Reply #7 on: January 20, 2017, 07:28:39 »
Our  local potato day reports that there was a crop failure with Harlequin. I I R C they use JBA potatoes as supplier.



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Re: Harlequin potatoes
« Reply #8 on: January 20, 2017, 22:32:52 »
A potato that has been "bread" ... crumbs!

Write back to them to say that you will "reserve your rights" and will take it further if your crop is not Harlequin. By law, what they sell on the retail market has to meet the description given. If what you dig up is not satisfactory, send them pictures.

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Re: Harlequin potatoes
« Reply #8 on: January 20, 2017, 22:32:52 »

 

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