Potato 'Sharpe's Express'

Potato 'Sharpe's Express' is delicious boiled as new potatoes, or leave in the ground a bit longer and use them for excellent chips. More
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Potato 'Sharpe's Express' is delicious boiled as new potatoes, or leave in the ground a bit longer and use them for excellent chips.

Genus Solanum
Group/Species tuberosum (First Early)
Variety Sharpe's Express
Common Name Potato
Border Position Kitchen Garden
Soil Type Broad Tolerance
Site Full Sun
Moisture Moist but Well-drained
Spacing 45cm (18in)
Sowing, Seeds, Planting Potatoes need a sunny site away from frost pockets - the newly emerging foliage is susceptible to frost damage in April and May. Prepare the ground the previous autumn or winter by digging in organic matter such as well-rotted animal manure. The traditional planting method is to dig with a hoe or round-point shovel a narrow trench 12cm (5in) deep. The seed tubers are spaced 30cm (12in) apart for earlies and 37cm (15in) for maincrop varieties in rows 24in (60cm) apart for earlies and 75cm (30in) apart for maincrop. Apply a general purpose fertiliser at this stage.
Care Tips When the shoots first appear draw the earth from between the rows to cover them. This encourages underground shoots and more tubers. Add in lots of well rotted manure the previous autumn (not too fresh).
Harvesting Just over 4 months after planting (late May - July).
Cooking Notes This variety is known to be quite floury when boiled, so we would recommend harvesting young and steaming or roasting.
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Potato 'Sharpe's Express' reviews

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Reviewed 22nd July 2015 by john stuart

First year I have grown this variety. Getting a good crop of nice white, firm, disease free potatoes. BUT disappointed when cooked. Tried various ways of boiling but they very quickly turn floury. They tend to break up very early in cooking.

Reply from the Sarah Raven Team:

"Thank you John for your review. Yes, these potatoes are quite floury - and we appreciate that not everyone appreciates their potatoes this way. We'd recommend roasting them, steaming them or picking them even younger if you want to try to avoid this texture."

Posted 31st July 2015