Do You REALLY Know Sweet Potatoes?

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It’s sweet potato season!

It must be my professor-side coming out today, but I thought it would be a fun day for a quiz (at least I hope it was for my dear medical students, as they had block exams today and yesterday).

Think you know everything about growing, storing, and cooking with sweet potatoes? See how you do on the quiz, and then follow the links below for more great information and recipes.

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children help with sweet potato harvest

Harvesting sweet potatoes in 2013.

In case you've never seen sweet potatoes freshly dug from the ground. Look at how the sweet potatoes cluster just underneath what was the main stem of the plant.

In case you’ve never seen sweet potatoes freshly dug from the ground. Look at how the sweet potatoes cluster just underneath what was the main stem of the plant.

digging sweet potatoes with children

Not a morning glory in the patch, but a sweet potato flower.

Not a morning glory in the patch, but a sweet potato flower.

My adorable niece with a sweet potato from my parents' Virginia garden. It was an especially dry and hot summer.

My adorable niece with a sweet potato from my parents’ Virginia garden. It was an especially dry and hot summer.

 

 

Growing, Harvesting, and Curing Sweet Potatoes

Grow Sweet Potatoes – Even in the North, from Mother Earth News

Growing Sweet Potatoes, from Bonnie Plants

Curing and Storing Sweet Potatoes, from Louisiana State University’s AgCenter

Curing and Storing Sweet Potatoes, from the North Carolina Sweet Potato Commission

Sweet Potato Production for Kentucky, from the University of Kentucky College of Extension (a 16-page guide for farmers and commercial growers)

Growing Sweet Potatoes in Northern New England, from Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association

 

 

Sweet Potato Cooking and Recipes

The Best Roasted Sweet Potatoes, from Serious Eats

Canned Sweet Potato Banana Butter, from Ever Growing Farm

Sweet Potato Ice Cream, from Friends Drift Inn

Roasted Sweet Potato Puree with Coconut, Orange, and Ginger, from And Here We Are

Spicy Lentil and Sweet Potato Salad, from Life Currents

Easy Homemade Sweet Potato Chips, from Back to the Book Nutrition

Sweet Potato Chocolate Pudding, from Raia’s Recipes

Brussels Sprout and Sweet Potato Hash, from The Organic Kitchen

Roasted Sweet Potato, Kale, and Sage Skillet Quinoa, from Recipes to Nourish and With Food + Love

3 Comments

  1. Raia Torn

    October 3, 2014 at 9:57 pm

    I tried growing sweet potatoes for the first time this past year. The vines grew well enough, but there was nothing under them when we dug it up. :/ I will not give up, though!

    Thanks for sharing my sweet potato chocolate pudding. 😉

  2. Jocelyn

    October 3, 2014 at 10:34 pm

    I am dreaming and working hard to achieve a country lifestyle complete w lady bugs, honey bees, chickens and dairy goats one day. (I just felt a happy flutter in my belly as I was typing that out! haha!) Your blog is a great inspiration source for me. Your knowledge and the visuals you offer are awesome. Thank you! Bless you <3

    • Cathy

      October 21, 2014 at 3:38 pm

      Thank YOU! Best wishes!