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    Default Return of Famine-era 'Irish Lumper' potato



    Great Famine spud returns after almost 170 years

    The variety of potato at the root of the Great Famine will be widely available in Ireland for the first time in almost 170 years from next week after being re-cultivated by an Antrim potato farmer with a keen interest in the history of the humble spud.

    The Irish Lumper was hailed for its nutritional value when it was introduced to Ireland in the early 19th century and quickly grew popular among impoverished farmers in Munster and Connacht because of the ease with which it flourished in the poorest of soil.

    The dependence of Ireland’s poor on this single variety proved calamitous, however, and once blight took hold in the 1840s the Lumper was wiped out. It all but disappeared in post-Famine Ireland but five years ago Michael McKillop of Glens of Antrim Potatoes decided to grow the potato. ...

    Apparently, it has been getting rave reviews for its taste and nutritional value.

    With all those bumps/lumps, peeling could be a bit laborious. But I'll grab a pack if I see them in M&S.

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    Quote Originally Posted by darkknight View Post


    Great Famine spud returns after almost 170 years




    Apparently, it has been getting rave reviews for its taste and nutritional value.

    With all those bumps/lumps, peeling could be a bit laborious. But I'll grab a pack if I see them in M&S.
    Brings it home (literally) to imagine how our nation suffered being forced into a situation of being dependent on a variety of potato to live.

    I hope some of the proceeds are going to charity.
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    Shouldn't that say "Irish Lumper" available from British Stores?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eire1976 View Post
    Brings it home (literally) to imagine the suffering that our nation suffered being forced into a situation of being dependent on a variety of potato to live. ...
    Indeed!

    We take so much for granted ...



    ... but it's only a few generations ago.


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    Quote Originally Posted by dizillusioned View Post
    Shouldn't that say "Irish Lumper" available from British Stores?
    Not clear if it is just British stores. Will check my own local M&S next week.
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    Sounds delicious, but if I buy them, do I have to cry while eating them? Or at the very least put on a Damien Dempsey CD, file, whatever?

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    Quote Originally Posted by darkknight View Post
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    With all those bumps/lumps, peeling could be a bit laborious.
    Peeling?

    Surely you have to ayt them skins and all?

    (Over there)

    I'd really like to taste them, I'd say there'd be a huge "curiosity" market. Don't know about long term, though. Depends on the taste really.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dadaist View Post
    Sounds delicious, but if I buy them, do I have to cry while eating them? Or at the very least put on a Damien Dempsey CD, file, whatever?
    Yeah, do spare a thought for the millions that went without wont you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eire1976 View Post
    You are implying that I don't. Eating a patato is not empathising with the victims of the famine, the very notion deserves to be mocked. I have educated myself on the subject to gain an undertanding of what the people of Ireland went through at the time. Next time ask what my opinion is, instead of implying it?

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