August 17, 2017

King of Spuds

King Harry potato courtesy of Wood Prairie Farm

King Harry potato courtesy of Wood Prairie Farm

There’s something to be said for a potato that is highly unattractive to Colorado potato beetles. “I want it” would be one. Sold by Wood Prairie Farm in Bridgewater, Maine, the variety King Harry is a Cornell-bred spud that is described thusly by Jim Gerritsen of Wood Prairie: “King Harry is the newest and best variety in the Cornell University lineage of traditionally-bred (not GMO) hairy-leaved potatoes that naturally repel (“trichome-mediated resistance”) the Big Three potatoes pests: Colorado potato beetles, potato leafhoppers, and flea beetles. An improvement over its predecessor, Prince Hairy, King Harry is an early potato with superior culinary quality and appearance.” We grew Wood Prairie’s Prince Hairy a few times with great success (meaning no pests and a good crop) and look to try King Harry as the improvement this year. Wood Prairie describes the resulting tuber thusly: “A new firm-fleshed round white potato that holds its shape well when boiled. Great for potato salads, boiling, sauteeing and soups.” Sounds like good eating for us and not the bugs.