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This website has been set up to help you understand what PGI status means for Comber Earlies.
Comber Earlies PGI have achieved recognition alongside some of Europe’s most iconic regional food brands, such as Feta Cheese and the Mighty Melton Mowbray Pork Pie. This means that the humble Comber spud has now achieved a much more salubrious position among its peers.
Only potatoes planted, grown and harvested within the indicated geographical area can be marketed as Comber Earlies. Only potatoes harvested in May, June and July are eligible for the status.
Comber Earlies will not only be recognised by the correct description and having the appropriate PGI symbol but every box or bag of potatoes should be marked with a Plant Health Identification number. This is issued by DARD and is specific to each individual farm. This means that each batch can be traced back to the farm where it has been produced. Ards Borough Council, specifically Environmental Health, are responsible for policing this protocol.
Six Month Growing Season
Careful field selection
Primary cultivation begins
Soil Preparation - ensuring a fine earthy tilth
Appropriate application of nutrients and trace elements
Chitted seeds planted
Maintain plant health
Harvest yields increase
Comber Earlies Festival
Saturday 29th June 2013
Comber Square 10am-4.00pm
Comber Earlies reach maturity
Skins set and plants begin to synense
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