These Maori potatoes are easy to grow and can be be cultivated from the ground for most of the year. I just put the seed potatoes on wilted comfrey leaves over rotted hay on top of clay loam soil and then cover with hay. I also like to plant the potatoes in a windy and dry area. In the six years I’ve grown these potates 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 is enriched by worms and humus matter and is workable, ready to be prepared for planting a different vegetable crop.
I prefer to simply steam the young smaller potatoes which look great on the table. The bigger elongated ones tend to be floury. People always comment about the rich purply-blue colour and like the flavour.