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I - ILE DE RÉ POTATOES

I - ILE DE RÉ POTATOES

ILE DE RÉ POTATOES...

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With only 30 producers over 150 hectares, the Île de Ré potato comes from a very small, very particular plot of land in Poitou-Charentes. Because it is of such high quality, it has been granted AOP status to protect its origins and ensure the high quality of potatoes in this area.

As they are grown in the salty earth of the Île de Ré, the potatoes are known for their slightly salty taste, reminiscent of the sea. Two varieties of potato are particularly well known on the Île de Ré: Alcmaria and Charlotte. The Alcmaria, at its best, has a soft, fine skin that is almost transparent. It is best steamed. The Charlotte - much better known - is renowned for its yellow flesh and superior taste.

When the very first tubers are ready, at the beginning of May, the Île de Ré celebrates their fabulous potato in a handful of local restaurants. Some 18 restaurants make the humble vegetable their focus for the weekend, presenting a number of dishes with potatoes as their central ingredient.

As sensitive as fruit, the potato should only be eaten in the few days after harvest, and the sooner you can get them from plot to pot, the better.