The Red Potato, member of “Sabors d’Eivissa”
The red potato is the Ibizan product that joined the distinction list “Sabors d’Eivissa”, a distinction awarded by the Consell de Ibiza to promote local products.
It stands out especially for its characteristic red skin and yellow flesh. The red potato is one of the most appreciated products for its quality and culinary applications of the Ibizan gastronomy.
History shows that of the four native red potato varieties that existed in Ibiza a hundred years ago, only one remains and almost disappears. It was conserved only in some exploitations for self-consumption. This is mainly due to the large amount of potatoes coming from outside – having 150 hectares dedicated to the cultivation of potatoes, only 1.3 correspond to the native Ibizan variety. Another 30 hectares correspond to a relatively recent variety, called ‘Desiré’, whose qualities and culinary uses make it very similar to Ibizan. This variety is also protected under the seal of ‘Sabors d’Eivissa’.
“Not all the red potatoes we see in the store are from Ibiza; it may have been cultivated here, but that does not mean that it is the Ibicencan variant “, said Josep Lluís Joan, the doctor engineer agronomist and technician of the Consell d’Eivissa.
The Ibizan potato is perfect both for traditional recipes such as “ensalada payesa“, simple potatoes or for more sophisticated ones, such as, for example, Mahón cheese-flavored potato chips or the potato and leek cream puff. But, undoubtedly, the most outstanding dishes of the Ibizan cuisine are the “sofrit pagès“, the “frita de polp” and the “bullit de peix” (stew with fish and potatoes).