Nutritious sweet potatoes are in season year round, and while the orange veggie shows up a lot around the holidays on Thanksgiving dinner tables, it’s just as versatile in the winter, spring and summer. In fact, February is National Sweet Potato Month.
Some of our favorite recipes featuring sweet potatoes include Rustic Mashed Sweet Potatoes, Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Bisque, Sweet Potato Butter, Sweet Potato Doughnut Holes, and Sweet Potato Chili. North Carolina is the top producer of sweet potatoes in the U.S., providing the bounty we need to make the tasty recipes mentioned above.
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Fun Facts About Sweet Potatoes
- Many people think yams and sweet potatoes are the same, but a true yam is a starchy, edible root of the Dioscorea genus, and is generally imported to America from the Caribbean. Depending on the variety, sweet potato flesh can vary from white to orange and even purple.
- Sweet potatoes are high in beta carotene, vitamins E and C, iron, potassium and vitamin B6.
- Sweet potato roots are harvested 90 to 120 days after transplanting.
- North Carolina’s official vegetable is the sweet potato.
- February is National Sweet Potato Month.
- How to store sweet potatoes: Avoid storing sweet potatoes in the refrigerator, which will produce a hard center and unpleasant taste. Instead, store your sweet potatoes in a cool, dry, well-ventilated container. For best results, store them in a basement or root cellar away from strong heat sources. Sweet potatoes can be stored for up to two weeks.