September 4, 2009

Tidbits: The World's Best Potatoes

Everyone who's grown their own vegetables or herbs before knows that nothing tastes better than what you planted and harvested yourself. You may have tried basil or mint before, even tomatoes, but potatoes? Nothing easier than that!




And no, you don’t need a huge backyard or even farmland for that. A balcony and a bucket full of soil is all you need. Depending on the size of your bucket you want to put aside 1-3 of your favorite potatoes and wait a few days until they are sprouting. Then put them into your bucket, about 8-10 inches (20-25 cm) deep. Make sure the soil is airy and crumbly, neither moist nor dense. Do not water your potatoes until you see the first green. After that, begin to water regularly, but VERY carefully! The biggest mistake one can make with potatoes is to water them too much as they rot easily. Keeping the soil on the rather dry side will prevent that.



Now wait about 2 months and it’s time to harvest. Simplest way to do that is to turn over your bucket and watch all the potatoes rolling out. If you want to avoid the mess, just dig with your hands!




Since you want to enjoy the full flavor of the world’s best potatoes (best because they are YOUR potatoes!), keep it simple. I like to put them on the grill, using some tin foil to fold a little basket/bowl (you might want to use two layers or some extra strong foil), fill it about an inch (2-3 cm) with olive oil, put the potatoes in, sprinkle with some sea salt and wait until they’re tender. You’ll never enjoy eating potatoes more!



Anja

1 comment:

  1. I have never thought about growing my own potatoes. This sounds easy enough! I shall give it a try. Great pictures by the way!

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