Tattie Project

IMG-20150630-00024

Spuds, potatoes, tatties—whatever you like to call them, most of us eat them in one form or another, but 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.

Over the last five years the project has grown in to a great success, with more and more individuals and community groups joining in.  In 2019 alone, over 2,000 seed potatoes (28 varieties suited to the Highlands) were distributed and sold across our communities, which in turn generated around 2.5 tonnes of potatoes.

Schools and organisations involved in the project use the funds raised from the sales of seed potatoes and the crop they grow to support other growing projects.  The local Horticultural Society bring a wealth of knowledge and advice on growing and care to the annual tattie day held in March.  And to help you get the most from your tatties, if you fancy something different from boiled, baked or roasted,  see some tasty recipes below.

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.
  • 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 – just give them a good wash first!
  • 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.

See our information sheet for more hints and tips

Tattie Recipes

Aromatic Potato Soup
Potato Soup with Ham and Spring Onion
Smoked Haddock Chowder

Gnocchi & Marinara Sauce
Indian Spiced Potato Curry
Potato and Lentil Curry
Potato Crusted Pizza
Potato Salad
Potato Wedges with Crispy Herb Chicken
Pulled Pork and Layered Potato Bake
Spicy Potato Cakes
Tattie Scones

Chocolate Potato Cake

Useful Links
Cooking:
Love Potatoes

Growing:
Royal Horticultural Society

Allotment and Garden

Resources for Schools:
Countryside Classroom