Yes, sweet potatoes are better for us than the traditional white potatoes or even the golds. They offer more nutrition as well and today I found out they are able to be stored for up to a year! Wow.
You all know I grow a lot of my own foods (or at least try to). This is my first time trying out sweet potatoes in our garden and now I am really excited. I love sweet potatoes baked with butter, mashed with cinnamon and in soups. It is such a versatile food and not just for Thanksgiving.
I was reading in Mother Earth News and found out these interesting facts about these wonderful tubers. Read more: http://www.motherearthnews.com/organic-garden...
1. Sweet potatoes are more nutritious and store better than any other root crop — they’re easy for home gardeners to keep for a full year.
2. Sweet potatoes are alive and they breathe. Never store them in a sealed plastic bag — the gases from their respiration will build up and the potatoes will eventually poison themselves. Paper bags or boxes are good for storage.
3. Do not toss or drop sweet potatoes into storage containers. When you dig them, they’ll be firm and appear indestructible — they’re not! A drop that is sufficient to crack an egg is sufficient to produce a tiny bruise on a sweet potato. After a few months in storage, that tiny bruise can turn into a large, rotten spot, which often ruins the entire potato.
4. Sweet potatoes are tropical plants and the storage roots (tubers) start to “shiver” at 50 degrees. Your refrigerator is probably set to a few degrees above freezing, which is a good temperature for carrots, apples and most juices, but not so good for tomatoes, bananas and especially sweet potatoes. At the cool temperature of your refrigerator (or in a supermarket cold room, where fresh fruit and vegetables, including sweet potatoes, are stored), a sweet potato will “shiver,” and in less than a day, the once living, breathing, healthy sweet potato will turn into a corpse.
Now I know if I treat them right they will be there to feed my family all year long.
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