Published Monday, 11 March 2013
The Lumper potato was a popular staple food during the 19th century, as it could be grown easily in poor soil.
But when the potato blight took hold in the 1840s, it largely disappeared in Ireland.
More than a million people are believed to have died in the Great Famine from starvation and disease as their only food source, potato crops, failed.
Around two million more were forced to emigrate.
But its legacy hasn't put off farmer Michael McKillop, from Glens of Antrim Potatoes, based in Cushendall.
He said he was attracted by the spud as he wanted to offer a more unusual choice, and found it has a pleasing taste.
Its texture and flavour is described as half-way between a waxy Jersey Royal, and more floury varieties like the King Edward.
It has taken five years for the crops to be ready for sale for the first time since it was wiped out.
The potato hits the supermarket shelves this week and will be available across the UK by the end of the month.
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