A new potato variety to rival foodie favourite Maris Piper has launched exclusively into M&S.

Called Divaa, the spud hit M&S shelves on Thursday (28 February) as part of the M&S Discovery range. It has white flesh, a fluffy texture and a long, oval shape similar to that of Maris Piper, which it compared favourably to when cooked, claimed potato breeder, Caithness Potatoes.

“Its culinary performance places Divaa alongside the best of the UK’s premium potato varieties,” said director Robert Doig.

However, unlike Piper, it had a good level of common scab resistance and produced similar-sized yields two to three weeks earlier.