BLACK is the new green when it comes to vegetables, according to pioneering farmers.
And a Scottish delicacy – Shetland Black potatoes – is right at the heart of the boom sweeping some of Britain’s most prestigious restaurants.
A survey of more than 100 specialist traders identified a surge in popularity of black vegetables being requested by famous London restaurants they supply, including Le Gavroche and The Dorchester.
It’s welcome news for growers of Shetland Black potatoes who hope to see their foodie favourite come out of the shadows and become a dinner plate dark horse.
“We don’t do them on a very big scale but we’d love to see that increase,” said Dundee-based grower Andrew Skea, who has been producing them for the past 15 years.
“I’m certainly selling more than I was five years ago.
“And it would be great to see them really take off.
“They are a lovely potato, one of the heritage varieties.
“Most people agree they have much more taste and a bit more texture to them.”
“I’m already speaking to a company about making crisps from Shetland Blacks.”
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