Monday, December 27, 2010

Oamaru Jersey Bennies - Otago Potato

Ask any south islander - where the best potato's come from ... and they will say 'Oamaru Jersey Bennies'.

It is almost a religion... the Jersey Bennie is bought in boxes - and must be fresh.. you tell this by gently scrapping the potato with your finger nail. The father in law - also squeezes them to make sure they are firm... he is very particular with his Bennie's!


Basically gently wash off the dirt with warm water - and boil with mint - and you too will be a convert.

By the way Fisher and Paykel (believe it or not) have a smashing recipe including Bennie's below:

http://ourkitchen.fisherpaykel.com/2009/11/smashed-new-potatoes-with-grilled-asparagus/

4 comments:

homepaddock said...

Rare Earth, the ones in your photo, are the best of the best.

You can see where they're grown at: http://www.rareearth.co.nz/

tim said...

They are terrible, bought a one kilo box at $6-00 for Christmas, green and tasted bitter, rip off, if that is south island's best? Well shove them where the sun don't shine!!!

tim said...

They are terrible, bought a one kilo box at $6-00 for Christmas, green and tasted bitter, rip off, if that is south island's best? Well shove them where the sun don't shine!!!

Tom Vincent said...

3 xmas years in a row I have brought a small box, every year disgusting, green and bitter.
this year I opened the box to check if ripe, looked good but as soon as i prepared them they were green. They taste foul and i would like my money back. My opinion is they are harvesting them to early for the xmas season. I still have the awful taste in my mouth from trying one, it lingers. Agree with Tim. Jersey Bennies era is long gone. Bring them out when they are ready like the stone fruit picked too early, nasty!