Spring's finest spud and the earliest new potato grown and eaten in the United Kingdom

There's no mistaking the taste of Jersey Royal new potatoes, sweet and succulent!

Jersey Royal PotatoesThe Jersey Royal planting season begins in November with the first crop planted under glass. The main outdoor crop is planted from January to April with harvesting starting from the end of March through to the July, with the season peaking in May, when over one million kilogrames of Royals are exported.

Potatoes planted on the early slopes are hand lifted, with mechanical harvesters used only for the later, flatter fields. The fields on slopes near the coast - known as cĂ´tils - are so steep that almost all the work is done by hand.

Once harvested, the level of care continues at each stage. Jersey Royals are checked twice by workers and quality controllers before being packed and loaded into refrigerated trailers for export.

The potatoes are harvested, graded, packed and shipped daily to ensure that consumers are buying them when they are at their freshest and finest.

There's nothing quite like the taste of the first Jersey Royals - treat yourself - book a table at: The Hadleigh Ram, Lavenham Greyhound or Long Melford Swan.