Discover Ile de Ré potatoes France

There is nothing exaggerated in the close links between Ile de Ré island and its new season potatoes. Indeed, so proud are the inhabitants of this tuber, it has virtually become the island's ambassador!
The delicious new season potato is quite picky about where it will grow, and in what conditions!
Indeed, Ile de Ré new season potatoes need a really specific type of soil to thrive and only make an appearance once a year, at the start of spring, growing in a particular area between Ars and Saint Martin. The soil here offers just the right characteristics for the potato to grow to its full potential: dry, chalky, and sandy soil caressed by the sea breeze.
It is this combination of land and weather that allow the Ile de Ré potato to develop the distinctive salty flavour for which it is so appreciated. To show just how unique this product is, it became the only potato to be given 'Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée' (controlled designation of origin) protection, in 1998. This designation also recognises the work of the market gardeners, who are themselves required to comply with a strict set of regulations ensuring the soil is used sensibly and that the potatoes are accurately graded.
Furthermore, to limit the amount of starch in the potato, the market gardeners are required to harvest it before it reaches full maturity.
There are five types of Ile de Ré potato and they can be split into two groups: Alcmaria and Starlette, which have a tender and slightly sweeter flesh, and Roseval, Charlotte, and Amandine, which have a firmer flesh.

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