Organic Market Adelaide Hills

The Humble Spud

I have always prided myself on the range and quality of the humble potato that I have for sale. At any one time I have at least six varieties on offer - often up to ten. "What do we do with all of these" I hear you say. To help you out I have drawn up a Potato Chart - which you can download and tape to the fridge for future reference.

We currently have in stock eight varieties: Sebagos, Dutch Cream, Nicola, Ottway Red, King Edward, Spunta, Kipfler and Desiree. All unwashed - and Certified Organic. Let's not also forget the Gold Sweet Potato which are now back on the shelf.

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One of the OM's long standing organic potato growers, who is sadly not with us any more - wrote some notes for me on the process of growing potatoes 'conventionally'.
He was a long term commercial grower before switching over to organics.
I would like to share them with you:

Potato Buying Notes

"If you are buying potatoes not grown organically, the ones you are using have most likely been subjected to many chemicals, such as:

  • The planted seed dusted or dipped in fungicide or chemicals
  • Heavy dressings chemical fertilizers
  • Several to many sprayings of pesticides and fungicides
  • The foliage of the potatoes sprayed with herbicide before maturity to kill plants to
    produce the attractive white potato for pre-packs
  • The land used for growing the crop possibly had many applications of chemical fertilizers and sprays

This is one reason why I sell and only eat Certified Organic Potatoes - others are 'taste' and the 'nutritional benefits' that this often underrated vegetable gives. Potatoes have also copped a bad rap for their Glycaemic Index (GI), often quoted as being high GI. In fact this varies a lot from one variety to the next. For example the Desiree has a high GI of 101, while the Nicola and Dutch Cream (the caviar of potatoes) have a much lower GI of just 58 ....not quite on the "low GI food" list of 55 or less, but almost! So everyone can enjoy their potatoes by taking a common sense approach to your selection and cooking/serving methods.

Here are some statistics and facts about the nutrients and health benefits of fabulous potatoes:

  • 99.7% fat free (when cooked as a jacket potato)
  • Gluten free
  • Less calories than rice and pasta
  • Cholesterol free
  • Very low in salt (sodium)
  • More fibre than five bananas
  • More potassium than a banana
  • Twice the Vitamin C of blueberries, more Vitamin C than an orange

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