These Maori potatoes are easy to grow and can be cultivated from the ground for most of the year. I put the seed potatoes on wilted comfrey leaves over rotted hay on top of clay loam soil and then cover with hay. I like to plant the potatoes in a windy and dry area. In the six years I’ve grown these potatoes I’ve never had to spray.
I pull the hay mulch away when harvesting the potatoes – I favour the no-dig approach. Clods of soil don’t adhere to the potatoes. The soil enriched by worms and humus matter is workable, ready for planting a different vegetable crop.
I simply steam the smaller potatoes which look great on the table. The bigger elongated ones can be floury. People always comment about the rich purple-blue colour and like the flavour.