Purple Majesty Potato is widely-considered one of the best-tasting purple potatoes varieties. It was developed by crossing an All Blue potato with a tan-skinned potato variety, coupling the beautiful purple color with exceptional flavor and texture. This is an early-maturing potato variety that is typically ready to harvest in 85-90 days after planting.
Purple Majesty Potato produces oblong potatoes with a dark purple, almost wine-colored skin. The interior reveals a beautiful kaleidoscope of purple shades from light to dark. These have a buttery flavor that make them a great option for potato salad or mashing. Purple potatoes are not only delicious, but they are great for your health. They are full of anthocyanins, which are a valuable antioxidant to improve overall health.
Irish potatoes are a late, cool-weather crop and should be planted in late winter or early spring while temperatures are still relatively cool. Potatoes will not perform well during the heat of summer and should be harvested before temperatures significantly warm. Before planting, cut seed potatoes into smaller pieces leaving at least one to two “eyes” or buds per piece. For best results, cut the potatoes several days before the intended planting date. This will allow the potato pieces to “heal” or suberize, which will help to prevent any fungal infection of the seed potato after planting.
To plant potatoes, make a furrow or small trench along the intended row. The Hoss Double Wheel Hoe with Plow Set attachment is the ideal tool for making a furrow. Once the furrow is created, lay the seed potatoes in the furrow with the “eyes” facing upward. Seed potatoes may be spaced 8-12″ apart along the furrow. Cover the seed potatoes with dirt by closing the furrow. As they grow, potatoes should be hilled or mounded with soil. This can easily be done with the Plow Set attachment in the hilling position. Plants should be hilled so that almost all of the plant is covered with soil, leaving a few leaves at the top uncovered. Harvest potatoes when plants start to wilt and die. Potatoes should be stored in a cool, dark, dry place and will typically store for several months after harvest.