New potatoes are young potatoes so are not fully grown and have thin, wispy skins and a crisp, waxy texture. They are also sweeter than mid-season or later spuds as their sugars have not yet converted into starch.
April is the perfect time to enjoy new potatoes. Jersey Royals are particularly popular towards the end of the month.
How to prepare new potatoes
Unlike your typical potatoes that you use for roasting and mashing, you don’t need to peel new potatoes, so there’s very little in the way of preparation that is needed.
How to store new potatoes
They should be stored in a cool, dark, well-ventilated place and should be used within a few days of purchase.
How to cook new potatoes and dish ideas
You can serve new potatoes whole as a side to a salad finish with a drizzle of olive oil or a knob of butter.
As they hold their shape so well, they can also be used in stews and even curries.
You can roast new potatoes and their thin skins give a delightful crisp while the potato tastes soft and sweet in the middle.