Sweet potatoes (Ipomea batatas)

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Sweet potatoes can range in size from that of a walnut to 10 pounds or more! Heres a good one-pound potato. Click on the other pix to enlarge and read captions.
Sweet potatoes are very viney and cover a lot of ground. I pull off the leaves and pull back vines as I dig them.
I dig potatoes with a fork rather than a shovel.
Heres a multiple root. Any way you dig them, these potatoes are good eatin! 
Sweet potatoes can range in size from that of a walnut to 10 pounds or more! Heres a good one-pound potato. Click on the other pix to enlarge and read captions.Click To Enlarge

Sweet potatoes can range in size from that of a walnut to 10 pounds or more! Here's a good one-pound potato. Click on the other pix to enlarge and read captions.

Photo: Susan Belsinger

This past week, while working and hanging out with my garden gal pals and fellow herbies at the Ozark Folk Center, we had a frost here in Mountain View, Arkansas and so it was time to dig the sweet potato crop. They had a good crop planted in the kitchen garden and as you can see in the photos—we had a great harvest—which I am sure had something to do with the “black gold” compost which they make here.

Once dug, clean the dirt from the potatoes and spread them out in a cool, dry place for two weeks to cure. Once cured, store them in boxes or baskets in a coldroom. Of course, we ate them the day we dug them and they were delicious.

I love this vegetable in any way, shape or form. I often just bake them and really enjoy them when served with wilted greens and sautéed tofu or cornbread. They are wonderful baked in a gratin alone or with regular potatoes and they are south-of-the-border savory when baked with chipotle peppers and garlic in cream.

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 A few quick savories are sweet potato pate; butter softened with sweet potato puree and a little thyme; and sweet potato salad tossed with a little tamari soy sauce, olive oil, lemon juice and garlic and garnished with a handful of chopped parsley and toasted cashews.

For my sweet tooth, I use them in biscuits, breads, puddings, pie, and stewed with apples, maple syrup and cinnamon.

Try this delightfully rich sweet potato dish: Baked Sweet Potatoes with Horseradish.


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Comments (7)

frankortega25 writes: Really nice.
Posted: 1:57 am on October 15th
DonnaCox writes: Really nice.
Posted: 3:27 am on October 14th
rickyfletcher writes: wow very yummy sweet potatoes
Posted: 5:43 am on February 16th
DimJone writes: OOSSMM keep it share great work
Posted: 4:42 am on February 16th
roberto15 writes: good work
Posted: 3:38 am on February 16th
preston10 writes: awesome job
Posted: 1:57 am on February 16th
epeavey1 writes: I grew sweet potato's this year but they were all small, this was my first time with sweet potato's. Any suggestions for me on how to grow sweet potato's that looked like yours? My e-mail address is ellen@eyeopened.com Thank you Ellen
Posted: 2:55 pm on December 12th
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