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Sweet Potatoes

Produce Pick Spotlight – Sweet Potatoes are a root vegetable and are in season in Nebraska September through December but they are available year round.

Sweet Potato Fun Facts – Did you know…?

  • Sweet potatoes have been rising in popularity – consumption increased 42% between 2000 and 2016.
  • Sweet Potatoes are a great source of beta-carotene, vitamin A, vitamin C, and Vitamin B6 as well as, rich in manganese, calcium, potassium, iron, and fiber.
  • You can eat the whole plant including the root, leaves, shoots, and stems.
  • There are over 400 varieties of sweet potatoes
  • Yams and sweet potatoes are not the same type of root vegetables but the name is often used interchangeably.
  • George Washington grew sweet potatoes in his garden in Virginia and made more than 100 different products with them
  • When baking sweet potatoes you should not wrap them in foil because the sugar in the skin will caramelize.

Store is a cool dry place, preferably 55- 65 degrees, away from other vegetables.  They can be stored 4 to 6 months but if they begin to sprout and grow, they should be used.  Rinse and scrub before cooking. They do not need to be peeled.

Resources:

https://www.education.ne.gov/ns/farm-to-school/harvest-of-the-month/downloadable-materials/?p=hom2019

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-11202/10-fun-facts-about-sweet-potatoes.html

https://www.health.harvard.edu/heart-health/vegetable-of-the-month-sweet-potatoes

https://www.diynetwork.com/how-to/outdoors/gardening/the-different-types-of-sweet-potatoes

Produce Pick Spotlight Recipes and Serving Ideas

Top 10 Ways to Enjoy Sweet Potatoes

 

Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Garlic and Chile

 

Sweet Potato Pancakes

 

Sweet Potatoes and Apples, USDA

 

Crispy Baked Sweet Potato Fries

 

Baked Sweet Potatoes

 

Sweet Potato Hummus Recipe

 

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Updated September 24, 2020 12:22pm