Over half of Jersey’s total land area is in agricultural or horticultural use, which means it is 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 so that the Jersey Royals can reach supermarket shelves as fresh as possible.
Outside Jersey, mainland Britain is the only place where you can buy Jersey Royals. They are at their most plentiful and flavoursome from April to June, and can be purchased from most supermarkets and independent grocery retailers.