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PostPosted: Mon Oct 10, 2011 1:25 pm    Post subject: Heritage potato Reply with quote

Hi all, I'm looking for information on an old potato variety called Vicar of Laleham.

Is it still in existence?

Is it known here by any other name?

If it is what is the stem colour, flower colour and tuber colour?

I look forward to hearing any information from you....

Thanks,

Jemo Smile
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 16, 2011 6:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I checked the British potato variety database and it does not show up, have you any more info on it and I will ask around.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 17, 2011 4:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Greengage for your reply, i did find a reference to the variety in an old horticultural journal on the net,Sorry for the delay in responding to you,i had one reply in over 180 viewings which was yours,so i thought there would be no response after such a lengthy time...Jemo Laughing
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 17, 2011 6:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have a very old dept of Agriculture book called Crops Cultivation manuring and diseases it cost two shillings to buy when produced so i presume its early fifties or sixties it mentions the following varities,
Mid Season: British Queen, Great scot, Dunbar rover.
Main Crop:Kerrs pink, Arran banner, Champion, Arran victory, Golden wonder, Gladstone, Dunbar standard, Up-to date, King edward, Majestic, Arran consul, Arran peak, Gladstone and Dunbar standard.
Ill have another look for Vicar of Laleham.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 17, 2011 6:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

How about this it is mentioned in "The book of the Potatoe" 1910 A practical handbook by TW Sanders Available on Amazon.
An Australian woman has grown some check out her blog here http://www.jackiefrench.com/august07.html

And Check this out,,
Everybody knows the origin of Vic-
toria, but Red Emperor was, no doubt, of Brazilian
origin, as I grew stocks of it once which had been
brought home from Brazil. The few Potatos Mr.
Peake brought me were left for growth the following
year, and the produce, though not even then large,
was excellent, and indicated a first-class variety. Mr.
Peake called to see my produce, and finding I gave the
new comer a good character, suggested that it
merited a name. I agreed, and then he intimated
that as we had a Rector of Woodstock he saw no
reason why there should not be a Vicar of Laleham.
That name was adopted for the Potato, and as such
it has won honour for itself and some kudos, I
hope, for its namesake and raiser. I always re-
gretted that the Vicar was not a white-skinned
variety. Had it been so it would long ere now have
been one of the most popular of market sorts.
From the following website http://www.ebooksread.com/authors-eng/cole-des-langues-orientales-vivantes-france/gardeners-chronicle--gardening-illustrated-dno/page-47-gardeners-chronicle--gardening-illustrated-dno.shtml
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 18, 2011 2:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

And finally check out Lisadell house who are growing heritage potatoes they might be able to help.
http://www.lissadellhouse.com/kitchen.html
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 18, 2011 5:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Our doctor gave us some old potato's. They were dark in skin and when cooked they are purple. He said they go back to the famine. Anybody got any ideas.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 18, 2011 9:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Could they be Salad Blue which was was first grown in Scotland in 1900's
Can you post a pic to have a look any more info .
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 19, 2011 10:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

No I think thats to late as it was 1845 when the potato famine was. I haven't got any to show you but they just look like a normal dark skinned potato and have got purple streaks in them when peeled and turn purple when cooked.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 19, 2011 5:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My last guess check out Urenika They are are a long dark purple potato with purple flesh, sometimes with a streak of white in the middle, that retains its colour when cooked. Thgey came from south america.
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