The wait is over for Comber potato lovers – local supplier Glens of Antrim Potatoes will deliver their first crop of Comber Earlies to Asda stores on 19th June.
Only grown in the rich, fertile soils of Co Down, the Comber potato is known around the world and received PGI status in 2012, putting it on the same level as Parma Ham and Champagne.
A cold spring delayed the harvest of this year’s crop, but David Morrow of Glens of Antrim Potatoes said the timing proved to be an advantage: “We are delighted to finally bring this season’s Comber crop to Asda,” he said.
“While we often try to be first in the market to get Combers on the shelves, this year we decided to wait for a bit more sunshine to provide Asda shoppers with the best Comber potato. We always aim for the perfect harvest time and the last week of hot, sunny weather has guaranteed our Comber potatoes are at their prime this year. They will also be hitting shelves just before the Comber Potato Festival, so it’s a perfect time to celebrate this unique and celebrated crop.”
Susanna Hassard, Regional Buying Manager, Asda Northern Ireland, said: “We’ve a great partnership with the team from Glens of Antrim and can always rely on them to supply the very best quality potatoes. This is particularly important when it comes to the Comber Earlies. Being first to market is great, but we’ve found our customers would prefer to wait an extra week or two to give the crop extra time to mature in the ground, resulting in a potato which is totally fresh and full of flavour.”
Glens of Antrim Potatoes’ Comber Earlies will be sold in Asda’s 16 NI stores starting 19th June.