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Old 02-11-2015, 00:25   #1
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Kiwi Spuds?

A simple question.

I'll be storing ship between now and the end of the year.

Which New Zealand potatoes are the best keepers?

Looking for spuds good for at least two months.

I've bought some recently that weren't good for two weeks...

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Old 02-11-2015, 00:30   #2
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Re: Kiwi Spuds?

Binjte are long keepers. What you can get in Kiwi land thought I'm not sure.. Even Charlottes are pretty good keepers too.

You know to keep them well away from onions?


Binjte keep for many months, more than six months reportedly.
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Re: Kiwi Spuds?

Id say the ones with dirt on and keep them dry and in the dark.
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Re: Kiwi Spuds?

Use South Island spuds. We used Ilam Hardy. Keep in the dark, and keep dry, not in the bilge or other high humidity area.
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Re: Kiwi Spuds?

Can you get to a local farmers market; if so ask there…


However while I'm no potato expert, I think you might be asking a bit much to get good keepers at this time of the year in NZ.

What you don't want is "new potatoes" as in new season potatoes as these don't keep too well. Older potatoes keep better if freshly dug and have a good layer of dirt on them. In fact, they keep better underground!

I'm thinking that most (all?) local NZ potatoes at this time of the year will be "new season potatoes".

But ask at a farmer's market!
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Re: Kiwi Spuds?

Thanks everybody, it sounds like Ilam Hardys are the way to go...all I have to do now is find a farmers' market...... maybe down around the Bombay Hills somewhere which I heard once is spud growing country.

I didn't know about the onion thing before but typically they are kept apart.. I keep my spuds in the 'garden shed'... onions live in a locker 'up the front'.

Instant spud? Actually not too bad these days.... I keep a few packets for use with fish pies and stuff but I wouldn't like to only have instant.

I'm used to buying my spuds 'straight off the boat' by the sackful.... don't know what sort they are but I have only once had a problem.
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Re: Kiwi Spuds?

I think I have found my supplier....

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And why Illam-hardy?
On a purely theorical basis, why not Agria or Fianna? Theses are less likely to new season tatties.
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'cos Dumnmad suggested them..

I'll do a bit more research and see what the family Bhana recommend.
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'cos Dumnmad suggested them..

I'll do a bit more research and see what the family Bhana recommend.
He also recommend South Island tatties
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He also recommend South Island tatties
Yes but me bike has a flat tyre so I won't be going there.....
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Yes but me bike has a flat tyre so I won't be going there.....
hmmmm - let's see - yes you're a sailor - why is your bike having a flat a problem then? just sail there (just kidding)
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He also recommend South Island tatties
Its the South Island frosts you know, kills off the diseases in the soil so their spring spuds have a better chance of longevity.

Don't like the idea of bringing dirt onto the boat. Spuds are cheap Ping, store them in the dinghy and just throw them overboard when they go off.
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Re: Kiwi Spuds?

OK already... I'll try and track down some South Island spuds .....

We are no strangers to spud sorting and checking for bad ones.
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