Fishy tale of giant potatoes at chippy

Fish and Chip: Business owner Jonathan Noblett with a batch of huge potatoes
Fish and Chip: Business owner Jonathan Noblett with a batch of huge potatoes
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The chips are down for small fries after the arrival of giant spuds at Preston takeaway.

Staff at Noblett’s were left baffled after a sack of massive potatoes – some up to a foot long – were delivered to the Plungington Road chippy.

Some of the foot-long spuds are as big as a fish

Some of the foot-long spuds are as big as a fish

Bosses said the potatoes, which they turned into giant chips, were the biggest they had ever seen.

“We get fresh spuds every day, and in this particular bag there were the biggest potatoes I’ve ever seen,” said owner Jonathan Noblett.“Some were a foot long.

“I noticed as soon as I opened the bag. As they were coming out I was thinking I’ve never seen anything like this before in my life.”

The chip shop uses potatoes from Four Fields Farm in Pilling, and Jonathan said: “We try to use that farm all the time, because they are good and local.”

He added: “We had customers commenting saying they had never seen anything like it.

“We made chips out of them and they were massive.”

But the man behind growing the giant spuds said he had often managed to grow foot-long potatoes.

“We usually get them quite big most years of this particular variety, arcade”, said Four Fields Farm owner Arnold Ronson.

“There’s no particular secret. We have poultry on the farm and I think it’s the poultry manure that helps the job.

“We have no proof on that but also we don’t use much fertiliser.”

Mr Ronson said the farm had had “quite a few” potatoes that were a foot long.

He said: “We thought they would be small this year with it being dry because they need a bit of water.

“But they must have had just the right amount of water at the right time. It’s been a good year. Other varieties aren’t as big as this – they just keep growing and growing.

“The machine that weighs the potatoes and bags them – these big ones keep jamming it up.”