The first potatoes that were harvested in Iceland this year are now for sale in Melabúdin grocery store in the west end of Reykjavík. The potatoes come from potato farmer Hjalti Egilsson at Seljavellir near Höfn, southeast Iceland.
Red Icelandic potatoes for sale at the farmers’ market in Mosfellsdalur last fall. Photo by Eygló Svala Arnarsdóttir.
According to Fridrik Ármann Gudmundsson at Melabúdin, the new potatoes cost ISK 398 (USD 3.08, EUR 2.21) per kilogram, which is the same price as last year. He told Morgunbladid that the price will drop as soon as supply increases.
Gudmundsson said the first harvest is arriving unusually early this year and that the potatoes were so new that they hadn’t even been washed when they reached the store.