- Mar 6, 2009
Great Famine spud returns after almost 170 years
The variety of potato at the root of the Great Famine will be widely available in Ireland for the first time in almost 170 years from next week after being re-cultivated by an Antrim potato farmer with a keen interest in the history of the humble spud.
The Irish Lumper was hailed for its nutritional value when it was introduced to Ireland in the early 19th century and quickly grew popular among impoverished farmers in Munster and Connacht because of the ease with which it flourished in the poorest of soil.
The dependence of Irelands poor on this single variety proved calamitous, however, and once blight took hold in the 1840s the Lumper was wiped out. It all but disappeared in post-Famine Ireland but five years ago Michael McKillop of Glens of Antrim Potatoes decided to grow the potato. ...
Apparently, it has been getting rave reviews for its taste and nutritional value.
With all those bumps/lumps, peeling could be a bit laborious. But I'll grab a pack if I see them in M&S.