When a friend first offered me some some Blue mollies - I replied "NO Thanks - I don't get high" at which point he showed me some of the seed potatoes he had.
Funny looking taters they certainly were. I grew them that year and was disappointed with the yield but was impressed by the quality. I've been growing a small amount each season ever since.
USDA Zones 3 - 9
Size:Grade B / C
Full Maturity 90 to 110 days.
Early Potatoes 65 to 80 days
Soil pH 5.5 to 6.0
Full Sun - 6 hours minimum
Height 2 to 3 feet
Spacing - 12 to 14 inches
Spread 1.5 to 2 feet
Below Average Yields
Above Average Quality
They are a relatively large oval - almost fingerling shaped tubers. Magic Molly skin is dark purple and the flesh is a slightly lighter shade of deep purple.
Unlike many blue and purple potatoes, Magic Molly retains its trademark color when boiled, while others turn greenish.
They have a distinct earthy flavor, almost like smoked especially when roasted. I prefer to harvest some as baby potatoes and use them like fingerlings, leaving the bulk of the crop to reach full maturity.
Magic Molly Potatoes have elevated levels of anthocyanins, which is what gives these potatoes their blue-purple color. Anthocyanins are flavanoid believed to be an anti hypertensive compound that can alleviate high blood pressure. They are also useful in cancer prevention and are believed to help the body purge toxins.
They were bred in Alaska from a potato variety - red beauty. The breeder - William Campbell named the plant for his daughter Molly. The plant is somewhat susceptible to scab.
Planting ~ Care
Potatoes aren't started by seed, they're started from Seed potatoes or "slips". Slips are shoots that are grown from a mature tuber. Seed potatoes from a catalog either online or print are generally the best way to go, as supermarket potatoes are treated with a chemical growth inhibitor to prevent sprouting.
The soil should be evenly moist, but not wet or soggy. If the soil is waterlogged when you dig, your seed potatoes will probably rot before they grow. Potatoes are a hardy crop and can tolerate climatic aberrations, light frost etc..,but you should provide some frost-protection for the young plants. A temporary ground cover (ventilated), or mulch.
Potatoes do well in proximity of Beans, Cucumber, Corn, Kohlrabi, Parsnip, Pumpkin, Rutabaga, Squash family, Sunflower, Turnip, Fennel. Horseradish, planted at the edges of the potato patch will provide protection against some insect scourges, as will Marigolds. See: Compatible Plants
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