Over half of Jersey’s total land area is in agricultural or horticultural use. It is therefore no surprise that agriculture is one of Jersey’s largest industries. Jersey Royal new potatoes account for the vast majority of the Island's fresh produce exports.
Depending on the climate during the growing season (January to
July), the total Jersey Royal crop usually ranges from 30,000 to
40,000 tonnes per year. At the peak of production in May, up to
1,500 tonnes are exported daily, with pickers working twelve hour
shifts in order to get the Jersey Royals on the supermarket shelves
as fresh as possible.
Mainland Britain is the only place outside Jersey where these
potatoes are available to buy. They are at their most plentiful and
flavoursome from April to June. You can purchase Jersey Royals from
most supermarkets and many independent grocery retailers.