It seems an auspicious time when I come across extremely similar recipes on two different food blogs that I follow…especially when they’re crispy potato roasts from The Bitten Word and Smitten Kitchen. And my office mate was just talking about home made potato chips. Good thing I’m making dinner for the house tomorrow.
With all this talk about potatoes, how could I not mention the devastatingly cute Colorado Potato Beetle and all the havoc it’s wrecked over the years.
Leptinotarsa decemlineata is a beetle native to North America that originally fed on other Solanaceous plants. It’s primary host is the cultivated potato, but also does damage to tomato and eggplant crops. The potato beetle is multivoltine, having several generations per growing season. Because of this, early management of the pest is key to minimizing loss. While chemical control is perhaps the most common management strategy, the development of resistance to insecticides is increasing in many populations. Other non-chemical controls are equally important in managing this pest, which might include changing crop planting times, applying mulches, or lining trenches in the periphery of the field to reduce early season colonization of the pest. At home, physically removing adults or egg masses can be an effective way of managing the problem.
Until next time, I leave you with delicious preparations of potatoes, so versatile!
And if that weren’t enough, there’s always potato-origin beverages…. Happy Slope Day 2011!