The potato as we know it, has certainly come a long way, originating from the Andes region in South America before making its way across the Atlantic ocean to Europe in the 16th century.
We believe its long journey has been well worth it as it has reached the pinnacle of production quality at Wildeklawer. Gone are the days of simply calling it a spud as it joins the likes of wheat, maize, rice and sugar as some of the most important basic food groups in the world.
At Wildeklawer we’ve carefully selected four potato cultivars namely Sifra, Lanorma, Mondial and Fabula. Seed potatoes, sourced from seed growers in the Free State, are kept in cold storage until they are mechanically planted between November and January. Five-year crop rotation cycles provide soil that is ready and full of nutrients and our centre-pivot irrigation system ensures optimal moisture at the desired time in the growth cycle, again highlighting the importance of effective science in food production.
Once mechanically harvested between March and August each year, our potatoes are carefully washed, sorted and packed by hand, ensuring that the potato skin stays unmarked and intact. Wildeklawer potatoes are sought after on fresh produce markets, in supermarket groups and in food processing. Our potatoes are great for boiling, frying, French fries and crisps.
The quality of our potato production was recognized back in 2005 when Louis de Kock and his Wildeklawer team were lauded as “Potato Producer of the Year”. Since then we’ve built on that recognition and stay committed to producing the best potatoes in Africa, if not the world.