East Scotland

Agrico UK Ltd

Telephone:
01307 840 551
Email:
potatoes@agrico.co.uk
Website:
www.agrico.co.uk

About Agrico

Agrico UK has the long established reputation as a leading specialist developer and supplier of high-grade seed potatoes which have helped shape the potato supply chain in the UK. In supplying healthy seed potatoes to customers who include pre-packers, processors, potato merchants and branded operations worldwide, Agrico essentially forms one of the primary building blocks for the entire sector, with countless organisations depending on it. The business collectively markets up to 50,000 tonnes of seed potatoes every year!

Working closely with their sister company Agrico Research BV in Holland, Agrico UK breeds innovative potato varieties for the domestic market that must grow well in the UK climate. They must yield well, combat against pests and diseases, look good and taste good to meet the demands of the industry.

Athlete Potatoes and Flower

Athlete

The Athlete potato is a yellow skinned variety which is firm to cook and has a fresh earthy taste, ideally eaten hot or cold as a new potato. Not only superb to eat, Athlete grows well in the field, and is suitable for both early and second early production. This special variety has demonstrated exceptional resistances to potato borne diseases, and having originally started out as an organic variety it boasts dual blight resistance, requiring very low inputs. It also yields well which makes it a very sustainable crop to grow.

The name Athlete was deliberately chosen through its connotations of healthiness, durability and strength. The timing of its introduction to the potato industry was particularly appropriate as it coincided with the London 2012 Olympic Games, which gave it another point of difference.

Recipe

Athlete is ideal eaten either hot or cold in a salad. Why not try our Niçoise-style potato salad.

Niçoise-style potato salad (Athlete)

Serves: 4-6 as an accompaniment


Ingredients
  • 700g Athlete potatoes
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 115g fine green beans, trimmed and halved
  • 150g cherry tomatoes, washed and halved
  • 2 tbsp capers, rinsed
  • 75g Greek-style black olives
  • 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp freshly chopped parsley
Method
  1. Scrub the potatoes, and either halve or quarter depending on size. Place in a saucepan and cover with water. Add a pinch of salt, bring to the boil and cook for 10-12 minutes until tender. Drain well and set aside to cool.
  2. Meanwhile, bring a small saucepan of lightly salted water to the boil and cook the beans for 5-6 minutes until tender. Drain and cool under cold running water. Keep in cold water until required.
  3. To assemble the salad, put the cooked potatoes in a bowl and add the tomatoes. Drain the beans, pat dry and add to the potatoes along with the capers and olives. Gently mix together.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk the oil with the lemon juice, parsley and plenty of seasoning, then carefully toss into the salad before serving.

Cook’s note: this delicious salad makes the perfect accompaniment to grilled fish or cold meat. Try assembling the salad whilst the potatoes and beans are warm.

School children planting potatoes

Tattie Tastic Project

As part of the Scottish Food and Drink federation's innovative schools programme, A Future in Food, Agrico is also proud of its community work with their ‘Tattie Tastic Project’. Now in its fourth year, the partnership involves a class of Primary 6 & 7 children from Glamis and Eassie Primary Schools joining the business for a series of ten interactive lessons, teaching them about the life of potatoes from field to fork, the heritage of potato growing within the local community and demonstrating the exciting careers available within the food and drink manufacturing industry. The project has won numerous awards and has been a big success. Agrico are therefore proud to be extending their involvement with schools and children by becoming a supplier of Athlete seed for the Grow Your Own Potatoes Project.

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