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Famine food, the return of the lumper

March 4, 2013

It never made much inroads north of the border in its pre-famine zenith but now the lumper potato variety is back and being cultivated in the Glens of Antrim of all places. It is back on the menu after an absense of 170 years. Already it has made an appearance at Selfridges as well as Marks and Spencers. I just wonder what the marketing or branding angle is, I can think of a couple. I suppose the planting material came from the national collection at the Tops Centre, Raphoe. Would be interested to know more about the background to that. I wonder how it holds up in the field, to late blight, current soil and climate conditions. Very intriguing. And I wonder when we can expect to see other pre-famine varieties such as the black potato, red cup and the apple put in an appearance

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