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Potatoes were an important food for Peruvians for thousands of years and were introduced to Europe by the Spaniards in the 16th Century. The potato is the most popular of all vegetables.

Nutritional Value


Nutrient   Raw Boiled Chips Roasted
Energy kJ 318 306 983 630
  Kcal 75 72 234 149
Protein g 2.1 1.8 3.6 2.9
Carbohydrate g 17.2 17.0 34.0 25.9
Fat g 0.2 0.1 10.2 4.5



Potatoes make a valuable contribution to our diet in Ireland. They are an excellent source of starch and contain no fat if eaten boiled or baked. They are also an important source of vitamin C providing more than one third of our daily requirement.

Rooster and Kerr's Pink are the two most important varieties grown, with 38% of total area planted with Rooster and 21% planted with Kerr's Pink. the following are other popular varieties grown in Ireland.

  • Rooster
  • Kerr's Pink
  • British Queen
  • Record
  • Maris Piper
  • Golden Wonder
  • Home Guard
  • Cara


Sector Profile


The Potato production area in Ireland is currently a bout 12,000ha with 600 growers involved in commercial potato production.

Over half of the production area is based in North Leinster with the counties of Meath, Dublin and Louth being the key production areas.

In terms of varieties grown main crop potatoes account for over 70% of total production with the balance being made up of early variety production processing variety production.


Types, Varieties and Availability of Irish Produce

There are three crop seasons for potatoes in Ireland

Season Varieties Dates
1st Earlies Homeguard, Premiere May – July
2nd Earlies British Queen July – September
Maincrop Rooster, Kerrs Pink, Golden Wonder, Record, Cultura, Cabaret, Charlotte All year round


Learn more about seasonal produce

Find out what time of year is best to purchase seasonal vegetables, fruit and herbs.