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The 'Spud' campaign

29 January 2010 09:53:17
The 'Spud' campaign

The 'Spud' campaign

The British Potato Council are putting a petition to Dowling Street, asking for the humble spud to be re-classified as a "supercarb" to recognise its unique dual identity as both carbohydrate and vegetable. 

Researchers at the Institute of Food Research have found molecules in potatoes called kukoamines, which they believe could lower blood pressure, while a separate study from the same centre suggested that a substance called pectin - found in many fruit and vegetables - may protect against cancer. 

 


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HeadGardener HeadGardener 29 January 2010 11:05:41

Research aside Maureen there is nothing like the humble spud (with a nice bit of butter or gravy) if it's good for you all the better :-)


LindaB LindaB 29 January 2010 14:05:43

On the spud front, can anyone recommend a good all rounder spud to plant this year, I grow British Queens last year and would not grow them again, they just went to mush when boiled so we had to have roast potatoes all the time (not that there is anything wrong with that!)


Johnplotman Johnplotman 29 January 2010 20:05:26

Linda,you will get it hard to beat the Roosters,red skin,flowery,and a excellent all rounder.


Johnplotman Johnplotman 29 January 2010 20:14:41

Mairin,it is amazing all the goodness from our garden friends,the potatoes.Plenty of vitiman C [especially when fresh] minerals like potassium,trace elements etc.A good spud campaign.


Mairin Mairin 29 January 2010 23:43:35

Linda, I have to agree with John.  The inlaws grew both Roosters and Golden Wonders.  Like you, it was impossible to get a half-decent meal out the the Golden Wonders as they went into mush.  The Roosters are excellent though and as they are a main crop, there is plenty for both houses for most of the year.


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