A favourite English potato grown since the 60s, Maris Piper is a purple flowered maincrop potato and is one of the best known and most popular varieties on sale today. More Maris Piper potatoes are grown than any other variety in the UK - over 19,000 hectares were grown in 2012. Maris Pipers are readily available in supermarkets and greengrocers.
The Maris Piper has a golden skin and creamy white flesh with a fluffy texture. This makes it a versatile all rounder, great for chips and roast potatoes, but also good for mash and wedges.
Jo is a huge fan of cooking with this variety, as her mum used them when she was growing up and Maris Piper provides her with the consistent cooking quality she needs as a chef. Maris Pipers have a high dry matter content which is what gives them their fabulous fluffiness.
This makes them perfect for roast potatoes but they need timing when parboiling for the textured surface which creates a wonderful crispy, crunchy outer. Celebrity chef Jo Pratt has tips for perfect Maris Piper Roasties.
The upside to this high dry matter is that as well as roast potatoes, chips and wedges made with Maris Piper have a lovely crunchy outside, with a delicious fluffy creamy middle. Maris Pipers also make light, fluffy mashed potato.