Fingal's Queen spuds are late but tasty!
Fingal potato growers have finally begun to harvest the first new season Queen potato crop of the year after the hot weather spell delayed the season by three weeks.
The upside of the delay is that the crop produced is a wonderfully floury paotato.
Paud Flynn and Sons from Rush is Ireland's largest grower of new season Queens. The farm is run by five brothers and their sons. Speaking about this year's crop, Laurence Flynn said: 'This has been the hottest, driest summer since 1976 resulting in drought conditions. It has been really hard work to grow our potato crops this year but thankfully in spite of the challenges we are finally able to harvest and bring them to market. Our yield is definitely lower than normal years but their taste is delicious.'
TV dietitian and nutritional expert, Aoife Hearne is Bord Bia's Potato & Fresh Produce Ambassador and visiting Laurence Flynn's farm she said, 'What is wonderful about potatoes is that they are a totally natural food and what we lift from the ground here today can be immediately cooked and enjoyed. We need to dispel the myth that potatoes are fattening or that carbohydrates are bad for you. Consuming potatoes is to be encouraged as we all need good quality carbohydrates for our bodies and particularly for brain function.