Britain’s most popular potato variety Maris Piper is back on the rise with plantings up this season after seven years of decline.
The variety accounts for 16% of plantings this season with the rise reflecting its versatility as it can be use in the pre-packing, chipping and processing sectors.
The area to the variety rose 6% in England, Scotland and Wales to 19,220ha from 18,231ha in 2013, well ahead of second variety Markies at 7,527ha, according to figures from the AHDB and Potato Council .
The ranking of the top five varieties, which also include Maris Peer, Lady Rosetta and Estima, are unchanged, with these five varieties accounting for 34% of plantings.
In Scotland, the top five varieties are Maris Piper, Hermes, Rooster, Cultra and Osprey.
Overall, the area in Britain planted to potatoes is now estimated at 121,900ha up from an end-June provisional figure of 119,900ha and compared with a 2013 area of 122,400ha.
This current estimate of 121,900ha puts the area just above the 2012 planted crop of 121,823ha. The end-June provisional figure had initially pointed to the lowest crop since 1960.