Avoidbuying sweet potatoes that are soft, flabby, wilted, cracked or bruised.
Choose sweet potatoes that are firm, tight and have no blemishes.
Avoid buying sweet potatoes that have sprouted as this causes them to loose flavor.
Avoid buying sweet potatoes that are stored in the refrigerated section since the cold temperature negatively alters their taste.
Sweet potato season is from October to January. If you cannot find fresh sweet potatoes they are available frozen and canned.
When Storing Sweet Potatoes
Store sweet potatoes in a cool, dark and well-ventilated place.
Sweet potatoes will keep for about 10 days
Bruised sweet potatoes will deteriorate rapidly.
Once a sweet potato starts to go bad you cannot just cut away the bad part since the damage will be reflected in the flavor of the entire potato.
When Cooking Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes can be cooked in many ways including baked, steamed, boiled, microwaved, fried, microwaved or eaten raw.
Always wash sweet potatoes before cooking them.
The skin may removed before or after cooking.
Baking sweet potatoes in water with a dash of salt tends to give them a richer taste.
Once cut or peeled the flesh of sweet potatoes will start to darken. To prevent this you should cook them immediately or place them in a bowl and completely cover them with water until you are ready to use them.
Random Sweet Potato Facts:
Sweet potatoes are a good source of beta carotene, potassium, iron, copper, manganese, magnesium, potassium, vitamins A, E, C, B-6,
Sweet potatoes are fat-free and cholesterol-free.
George Washington Carver developed over 100 products from sweet potatoes.
Sweet potatoes can be substituted for almost any recipe that calls for squash, apples or white potatoes.
During WWI the USDA used sweet potato flour to stretch wheat flour in backed goods when the supplies of wheat flour were falling behind.
One cut of sweet potatoes can provide you with as much as 700% of the US RDA for Vitamin A.
Sweet potatoes are a low glycemic index food.
The high levels of Vitamin A and beta-carotene means sweet potatoes are a skin superfood.
Sweet potatoes are a great beginner's garden crop.