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.