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Comber Potatoes
Sep 21
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The home of the Northern Irish potato is undoubtedly Comber, famed for its new season potatoes. The harvest of Spring Comber potatoes is such an important event in the Northern Ireland food calendar that it is even reported in the local press. The reason for this reputation and all this excitement is the geographic location of Comber, sheltered by the Mournes and the Ards Peninsula and protected from frosts by Strangford Lough the potatoes here are harvested earlier than in other regions, in May or June.

The core of the business accentuates the "Comber Potato"- the cream of Ulster Spuds.

“New Season Comber Potatoes” or “Comber Earlies”

Description:

New Season Comber Potato is the name given to immature potatoes of any variety, picked in the defined area and within the required timescale. The potato has the following characteristics:
• Small in size (30-70mm diameter)
• Round or oval
• White/cream colour inside
• Skin is soft, smooth, thin and loose, with colour depending on the variety
• Earthy, sweet and nutty flavour – a distinctive ‘early’ potato flavour
• Dark green foliage
• Sold either loose, or packaged.

Geographical area:
The designated region is the area originally described as the Hamilton Montgomery lands, comprising Ards Borough Council as far south as Ardkeen on the Ards peninsula and Crossgar and Killyleagh on the western side of Strangford Lough, North Down Borough Council and parts of Castlereagh, Belfast and Down District Council to the east of the road (A7) running from Carryduff to Killyleagh via Saintfield and Crossgar.

Proof of Origin:
Each batch of potatoes is graded by size and packed into boxes for onward transmission. Each box or bag is marked with a UKNI number which is specific to each individual farm. These numbers are issued by Quality Assurance Branch in the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. This individual farm number means that each batch of potatoes can be traced back to the farm from which it came.

 

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