Tattie Project

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Spuds, potatoes, tatties—whatever you like to call them, have you ever grown your own? Soirbheas in partnership with the 3 local primary schools delivered a pilot project in 2015 to encourage more people to grow their own Tatties.

The 2016 Tattie Project 2016 has been another great success with more organisations joining in and dozens of varieties grown in the community generating tonnes of locally grown potatoes!

Over 2,000 seed potatoes (28 varieties suited to the Highlands) were distributed and sold across the communities, which in turn generate around 2.5 tonnes of potatoes.

Schools and organisations involved  in the project use the funds from the sales of seed potatoes and those that they grow to support other growing projects.

The Tattie Project will be back next year with a Seed Tattie Sale Day in March 2017 (date to be confirmed soon)

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Fact – Did you know?

Potatoes are one of the major food waste groups. In Scotland, alone over 19,000 tons of potatoes are thrown away, largely due to poor storage and over buying.

Storing potatoes and reducing waste

  • Tatties don’t like to be kept in the fridge as it converts the starch to sugar and makes them taste sweeter. For best results take them out of plastic bag and store them in a cool, dry, dark place; ideally in a cloth bag and away from strong-smelling foods like onions.
  • If potatoes have sprouted, simply remove the sprouts before use, and remember to cut off any green or damaged bits before using.
  • Use a potato peeler rather than a knife as this will cut down on waste. Or don’t peel at all; you can boil, roast or mash them with their skins on!
  • Keep potato peelings to make delicious home-made crisps. Add salt and pepper then bake in a hot oven.
  • Store leftover mash in the fridge until the next day. Use to make tattie scones, fish cakes or as a topping on a cottage pie.
  • Leftover boiled potatoes can be added to an omelette, sliced and fried as an alternative to chips or made into a potato salad.

Additional Information:

Information Sheet

Tattie Recipes to try:

Spicy Potato Cakes
Mulligatawny Soup
Tattie Salad
Wedges & Chicken

Some other useful links:

Cooking:
http://www.lovepotatoes.co.uk/

Growing:
https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/grow-your-own/vegetables/potatoes

http://www.allotment-garden.org/vegetable/potatoes/

Resources for Schools:
http://www.countrysideclassroom.org.uk/about http://growyourownpotatoes.org.uk/ http://cookyourownpotatoes.org.uk/