New potatoes are potatoes that are harvested young, or before the potato plant dies back and the potatoes fully mature. They have a thin, tender skin, are generally sweeter than mature potatoes, and are particularly delicious when pulled fresh from the garden.
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In this episode, we discuss:
What new potatoes are
How and when to harvest new potatoes
How to store and use new potatoes
If your potato plants have flowered, it is likely the new potatoes have formed! To harvest, gently dig around the base of your potato plant, being very careful not to disturb the plant, and pull out potatoes that are close to the surface. The plant will continue to photosynthesis, feeding the potatoes that are left in the ground as they continue to grow.
New potatoes don’t make a great storage crop because of their thin skins and high moisture levels.
We recommend you use new potatoes within a few days of harvesting, but they can be stored for a week or two in the refrigerator. If refrigerating new potatoes, keep them unwashed potatoes in a paper bag or loosely wrapped plastic. Washing the potatoes with water will shorten their storage life and should be done gently because their tenders skins will easily scrub off. If the potatoes you pull from your garden are really dirty, gently wipe the dirt off with a dry towel.
You don't need to peel new potatoes; just rinse to remove any dirt. Since new potatoes are relatively small, they’re often cooked whole or just cut in half. They’re great roasted, boiled or added to soups or lentils, but are often served with minimal preparation, as they flavor and texture of new potatoes holds up well on it’s own.
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