They have pale yellowish buff skin and waxy, finely-textured, creamy yellow flesh.
They have a good flavour, often referred to as “buttery.” Some think they also taste hazelnuts.
The skin is also very tasty.
The plant delivers an early harvest.
Particularly prized ones are those grown by the “Coopérative Agricole de Chécy” (Chécy is an area in the Loire, near Orléans.)
Belle de Fontenay Potatoes are best boiled or steamed. They absorb well the flavours of anything they are cooked with.
They are good hot or cold, and good in salads.
Stores well, and taste gets even better in storage.
Belle de Fontenay Potatoes were developed in 1885 in France. The potato was particularly popular in the early 1900s in Paris.
Originally called “Bell de Fotmi.”
Fowler, Alys. Potatoes. Manchester: The Guardian. 15 January 2011.