In these days where ugly and wonky vegetables are gaining respectability let me put in a word for the wonder Wilja. This is a variety of potato and another one of the items that we buy in bulk from the farm gate in rural Somerset. A 25kg bag comes in at about a tenner and although they keep well there’s so many of them! So we often share them around with very grateful friends. For anyone out there with green fingers I understand it’s a common seed potato variety. Apparently it’s a second early if that means anything to anyone.

Now the Wilja isn’t something that you see in the supermarkets. We’ve talked it over and think that’s because it’s not that pretty. The skin is dark and kind of scaly, not a uniform yellow or red like the potatoes that you generally see on sale. But I’d urge you not to be put off by the fact that it’s dermatologically challenged if you ever come across a Wilja. It’s an excellent all round potato for boiling, roasting, and chipping. There’s certainly enough massive beasties in each sack to mean that a jacket potato supper is on the cards. The best thing about is its taste. It’s proper potato-ey!

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