Anya Fingerling Potatoes
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Anya fingerling potatoes are small in size and are oblong to oval and narrow and knobby in shape. The thin, smooth skin ranges from tan to beige and has many deep-set eyes scattered across the surface creating a bumpy appearance. The flesh is creamy white to pale yellow and is waxy, dense, and firm. When cooked, Anya fingerling potatoes are creamy and earthy with a slightly nutty flavor and nuances of chestnut.
Anya fingerling potatoes are available in the late spring and early summer.
Anya fingerling potatoes, botanically classified as Solanum tuberosum ‘Anya,’ are a cross between the cultivars desiree and pink fir and are members of the Solanaceae or nightshade family. The Anya fingerling’s full flavor was inherited from pink fir, and its creamy, yellow flesh was passed down from desiree. Anya fingerling potatoes are known for their prolific growth habits, heavy yields, resistance to scab, and are a popular variety to be grown in containers in backyard gardens.
Anya fingerling potatoes contain vitamin B1, potassium, and fiber.
Anya fingerling potatoes are best suited for cooked applications such as boiling, sautéing, roasting, or steaming. As a salad potato, the Anya fingerling is ideal both for its nutty flavor and for its ability to hold its shape well when cooked. Additionally, its skin is so thin that, even when used in a salad, it does not need to be peeled. They can be sliced and used in soups, chowders, and curries, roasted and served alongside main dishes, or boiled and cubed for use in salads. Anya potatoes pair well with tomatoes, green beans, dill, parsley, oregano, garlic, lemon, kale, red onion, shallots, cumin, mustard, red wine vinegar, lentils, tuna, chicken, and salmon. They will keep for up to three weeks when stored in a cool, dry, dark place.
The Anya potato was named after Lady Anya Sainsbury, a Sadlers Wells ballerina and wife of Baron Sainsbury, owner of the United Kingdom supermarket, Sainsbury's. The supermarket tycoon created and loved the variety so much that he sold the potato exclusively in his Sainsbury's stores.
The Anya fingerling potato was bred by the Scottish Crop Research Institute in 1995 for the United Kingdom’s supermarket chain, Sainsbury’s. Though commercial distribution of the Anya potato is limited to the United Kingdom currently, the seeds can be purchased from select online seed catalogs and grown for home garden use.
Recipes that include Anya Fingerling Potatoes. One is easiest, three is harder.