La Bonnotte of Ile de Noirmoutier – The World’s Most Expensive Potato

by Paige Donner

It’s nearly May – and that means La Bonnotte is just about in season! 

La Bonnotte, for those of you not familiar with it, is a little yellow gem that grows on the small, sheltered Isle of Noirmoutier in France’s northwest region of the Vendée. And while myself and other culinary gourmands can easily mistake this little tuber for the Royal Star of Paris diamond, it is, in fact, entirely edible. Yes, this little tuber is a potato… île de Noirmoutier… Read my full article HERE

Early potatoes from the Ile de Noirmoutier - a feverishly awaited seasonal delicacy in France!

Early potatoes from the Ile de Noirmoutier – a feverishly awaited seasonal delicacy in France!

Its tubers have smooth, yellow skin and dark yellow flesh, finely grained. They are round, and the eyes are semi-sunken. The plant is sizeable and upright with a pigmented stalk and fairly short leaves, marked with a very glossy dark green. The leaflets have an embossed aspect. The flowers are small and white, and the fruits are reddish. It is resistant to potato wart and also, it seems, to degeneration disease. Its period of dormancy is quite long and it is also fairly slow to sprout – a delay it catches up on later. – Diehl

île de Noirmoutier… Read my full article HERE

Ile de Noirmoutier - Lady on bicycle with baguette. Photo by Paige Donner copyright 2014 all rights reserved.

Ile de Noirmoutier – Lady on bicycle with baguette. Photo by Paige Donner copyright 2014 all rights reserved. Find More of Paige’s photography here:  http://paigedonnerphotography.wordpress.com

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