more than just a spud!
Maybe it’s because of van Gogh’s painting, “The Potato Eaters” but if you think about Dutch cuisine, there’s a good chance you’ll be thinking about potatoes. They’re available in all shapes and sizes, but there is one very exclusive variety. It’s so exclusive that it can’t be found anywhere else in the world. In fact, you won’t find it anywhere else in the Netherlands. It is only grown in a small area of North Holland and it’s named after the village it comes from; Opperdoes, just 30 kilometres from Callantsoog.
The ‘’Opperdoezer Ronde’’ has had protected designation of origin status since 1996. Only potatoes that are grown within a radius of 1 kilometre around the Opperdoes village church can be called ‘’Opperdoeze Ronde” The potato has a thin skin, and firm, yellow flesh. It’s a sign of how exclusive this potato is that numerous star restaurants feature it on their menu.
The “Opperdoezer Ronde” grows in the spring and is ready to be harvested in just nine weeks. The crop is harvested by hand when the potatoes are still green. Only then will you get that real Opperdoezer flavour and a firm potato. It’s an early potato, so it’s best to buy it early in the season between April and July.