What are Ratte Potatoes and How to Grow Ratte Potatoes?

Ratte potatoes

Ratte potatoes


Ratte potatoes, Botanically Solanum tuberosum classified as ‘La Ratte’. Ratte potato is commonly known as La Ratte, La Raine Ratte du Tokuet, Asparagus. La Ratte potatoes are small to medium in size and oblong, oval in shape and slightly curved. The smooth, golden skin has a few shallow eyes and is faintly spotted with dark brown spots. The flesh is firm, waxy, dense and golden yellow.

European cultivated La Ratte potatoes are considered native to both Denmark and France and were first cultivated in the 19th century. The potato never achieved widespread commercial success until it became the favorite potato of France’s top chefs. Owner Fernando Maschi is known to be a fan of La Ratte. These potatoes are usually available all year round, during the peak season in spring and summer.

La Ratte potato how to cook

When cooked, La Ratte potatoes are soft and tender and taste like butter. These potatoes are an excellent source of potassium, vitamin C, starch and fiber. The Potatoes are most suitable for cooking applications at night such as roasting, suiting, boiling and bracing. These potatoes retain their shape well when cooked which allows them to be a perfect salad potato. Boiled and refined, they make an exceptional base for soups and sauces.

Ratte potatoes nutrition

Serving Size:  100 g


Cal:                  78

Carbs:             16 g

Dietary Fiber:    2 g

Sugar:             1 g

Fat :                  0 g

Protein:            1 g

Sodium:           12 mg

Vitamin C:        20 %

How to Grow Ratte Potatoes

Cut the seed potatoes into 1 to 1 1/2 inch long cubes. Make sure each cube has at least two eyes.

Turn the soil in a sunny garden and remove all weeds and weed roots. Dig holes for planting Plant 8 inches deep and 12 inches apart. Cover each hole with 8 inches of seed potato soil.

Water the soil as often as needed to keep it moist until the potato seedlings start to emerge from the soil overnight. Then use the weekly deepwater switch around each tree.

As soon as the La Ratte seedlings start sprouting, mound the soil around the stems. Add enough soil to cover the lower half of the stem until the mound around each tree is 6 inches high.

You can Mulch around each tree. Be careful not to cover the leaves. Be careful when using hay, as the straw contains grass seeds and can cause weeds in the vegetable garden.

When the soil under the mulch is dry to the touch, keep each plant moist. Potatoes like moisture but not too much. Use less water if the soil feels wet or muddy or if natural rainfall keeps the soil moist.

Collect potatoes

Collect potatoes overnight when the plants are brown and dry. It is usually collected after flowering and 100 to 120 days after planting seed potatoes. Dig under each tree, remove soil with garden thorns and pick potatoes. Shake off the soil and chop the potatoes from the tree.

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