It’s summer so look out for those tissue-paper-thin-skinned new potatoes! Yes the ones that are best-in-season; that have just been plucked from the soil!
These are the potatoes on which to base a fantastic summer meal, cooking and serving them simply, with a drizzle of olive oil or a sprinkling of black pepper or chilli flakes. This is when you can really savour their earthy sweetness and their very essence.
New potatoes make the best potato salads but they can also be roasted, baked, crushed, sautéed or simply boiled for a few minutes and served with a little blob of natural yoghurt.
New potatoes fill you up, not out! Potatoes are power on the plate. Rich in starchy carbohydrate, potatoes are a fantastic fuel for our bodies. Unadulterated and unprocessed, they are probably the best source of starchy energy in our diets and in a world where many carbohydrates are so processed that they are devoid of essential nutrients, the potato stands head and shoulders above the rest.
Potatoes also contain some protein, little or no fat and have almost twice the amount of fibre as the same amount of brown rice.
They are a good source of potassium, important for a healthy blood pressure and contribute a significant amount of vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant and important for immune health.
So what are you waiting for – ask for them now in your local vegetable shop or supermarket. They are great nutritional value for your money.