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What Are Maris Piper Potatoes?

Updated July 20, 2017

A starchy, tuberous crop from the Solanacae family, potatoes are a popular crop due to their abundant yield with little effort. About 5,000 varieties of potatoes exist around the world. Maris Piper is a variety of potato particularly popular in the United Kingdom.

Identification and Uses

The Maris Piper potato has a midrange (waxy/floury) texture, with whitish-yellow skin and cream-coloured flesh. It stays firm when cooked, so it is ideal for a number of dishes including french fries, wedges, baked, roasted and mashed potatoes.

History

Maris Piper potatoes were developed in England in 1964 and released in 1966. They are considered a main crop, which means they are harvested in the late summer or early autumn when their skins are firm.

Fun Facts

Maris Piper is one of the most popular potato varieties in the United Kingdom. In fact, that variety is grown more in the area than any other varietal. It is also a favourite of fish and chip shops due to its reliability and good flavour.

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About the Author

Annie Kluza has been in the public-relations field since 1998, writing for clients in a number of markets and platforms. An avid traveler, she has published many travel articles, both online and in regional magazines such as "Magazine of Summerlin" and "205 South." Kluza holds a Bachelor of Arts in communications studies, magna cum laude, from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.