Before Thanksgiving and going to California, I posted three recipes for sweet potatoes. (Scroll down to next 3 posts in Kitchen Nutrition.) Upon my return last week, I purchased a 3 pound bag of organic Natural Beauty Garnet Yams from A.V. Thomas Produce (USA).The info booklet is so informative that I want to share some of it with you.The first info in the guide asks tis question: What is the difference between a Sweet Potato and a Yam? The answer is a direct quote from the booklet:
Although orange-flesh sweet potatoes (lpomea batata) have traditionally been referred to as yams in part of the United States and Canada, they are not part of the same family and therefore are not true yams.
What follows is a list of the 5 different types of sweet potatoes that the company grows and sells:
- Diane/Garnet with red skin and orange flesh
- Covington/Beauregard with orange skin/orange flesh
- O’Henry/Golden Sweet with yellow skin/white flesh
- Oriental/Murasaki with purple skin/white flesh
- Stokes Purple with purple skin/ purple flesh
I had no idea there were so many types of sweet potatoes.I also learned that sweet potatoes are more perishable than other potatoes ands what follows are some tips, abbreviated.
1. Handle with care so they don’t bruise, which shortens their shelf life.
2. Keep is a dry, cool area with good air flow (55-65 degrees F is ideal.)
3. Do not rinse until ready to use, since moisture will cause them to spoil.
4. Do not refrigerate, as this will cause “chill injury” and will affect the taste.
5. You can store sweet potato slices, cubed or mashed, in a tightly sealed container in the freezer for as long as 6 month.
Health Benefits: “Sweet Potatoes are a SUPER FOOD!” (I just list them, while the brochure goes into detail.)
- High in fiber.
- High in antioxidants
- Low Glycemic Index
- Excellent source of potassium (among top 3 richest sources)
More ways to add Sweet Potatoes to your diet:
1. Pack a baked sweet potato for lunch, then top with vanilla yogurt or cinnamon flavored applesauce. (I used to bake extras the night before a trip and my kids would eat them cold while traveling in the car. es)
2. Add peeled sweet potatoes to your favorite stew. (I often add them to my Indian kitcheree dish. es)
3. Wash, scrub and peel sweet potatoes into raw strips to enjoy with dips.
4. Blend into a breakfast smoothie or as country fries with eggs. (I would use a baked or cooked sweet potato for the smoothie. es)
5. Substitute sweet potatoes in recipes that call for regular potatoes or apples.
Several recipes follow in the brochure, but feel free to scroll down below this posting to the recipes Iposted before Thanksgiving.