Belfast Telegraph

Monday 29 December 2014

Children cultivating long-lost Irish Lumper potato

A long lost variety of Irish potato is being grown in potato beds in 12 schools across the north west.

The Irish Lumper was thought to have been cultivated all over Ireland before 1840 but was wiped out by the Famine and virtually disappeared from cultivation.

However, it was rediscovered by Michael McKillop of Glens of Antrim Potatoes in 2008 and is now back on the market.

Now, inspired by this revival, horticulturalist Gareth Austin is working with 12 schools in the north west in an educational programme that involves growing and cooking the Irish Lumper.

Children at the 12 schools will build a Glens of Antrim raised potato bed in their grounds, so they can cultivate their very own Lumper potatoes.

When the potatoes are ready, the kids will harvest them.

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