During the holidays, vegetables we are hardly aware of during the rest of the year, suddenly put in an appearance. Despite all the PR about the health benefits of the sweet potato, except for sweet potato pie and the occasional menu with sweet potato fries, many of us never give this vegetable a second thought. We certainly don't grow it very often up north.
Sweet potato season may be November and December, but did you ever think of growing your own sweet potatoes and having a few baby sweet potatoes to snack on in early fall? Or harvesting sweet potato greens all summer? It's true that sweet potatoes need a fairly long growing season and a good amount of space, but I've grown quite a few in a limited area, in USDA Zone 5b. You could even grow them in a large container. This year mine took on some odd shapes, as you can see, but they still taste great. And the best part of having your own supply of sweet potatoes is experimenting with them...
- Sweet Potato Patties
- Kurikinton Recipe (Japanese New Year Food)
- Caribbean Spiced Sweet Potatoes
- Vegan Pralined Sweet Potatoes
Photo © Marie Iannotti