Rose Finn Apple Fingerling Potatoes (aka “Rose Fir”)
Rose Finn Apple potatoes are an heirloom English spud that was little known in America until the recent surge of interest in the fingerling market. It has a distinctive pink thin skin and yellow flesh. Its shape is long, thin and very “knobby” particularly when the plant is stressed. Its weird, ‘non-potato’ shapes are reminiscent of that seen with the historic and ill-fated “Lumper” potato from Ireland.
The taste of Rose Finns has often been described as “unique” with modifiers such as “nutty” or “fruity.” Their culinary use seems to be fairly broad: steamed, roasted, or baked since they fall between the two poles of waxy/mealy.
From a gardening perspective Rose Finns are a lovely upright plant with attractive white flowers. The organic gardening pioneer Alan Chadwick was very fond of Rose Finns, writing that it was his favorite spud. As with many Chadwick stories there was a dramatic chapter of its being smuggled into America by Chadwick himself so that it might be planted at Santa Cruz.
These Rose Finns were organically grown in my garden in Kenwood with little drama.