GardeningHow and Why You Should Grow Sweet Potatoes

How and Why You Should Grow Sweet Potatoes

If you have a garden and you don’t have sweet potatoes in it, this article will tell you why you should and how to grow them. Sweet potatoes are very healthy, they are much better for you than white potatoes. They are not really a potato. They are chock full of nutrients, especially vitamin A. They also have a low glycemic index if you boil them according to Worlds Healthiest Foods.  (A site that I love because you can find the healthiest foods there)

How and Why You Should Grow Sweet Potatoes

There are many varieties of sweet potatoes, from white to purple. Most of us only ever see the orange ones from the store but if you decide to grow your own you could plant any color or colors that you might like. With the instructions from Neil Shelton on Homestead, you will learn that sweet potatoes rather than being started from seed are usually started from slips. You will also learn how to get some slips started. When it is time to harvest sweet potatoes you will be glad if you started a lot of them because if you put them away properly they will keep for a little over a year and won’t require refrigeration.

You can make all kinds of dishes with them from savory to sweet. Or bake them and just eat them with either salt or if you like some brown sugar and butter. From sweet potato fries which are totally delicious to sweet potato pie, also scrumptious you just need this vegetable in your garden and in you food storage. To make sweet potato fries all you need to do is peel the potatoes, cut into the fry shape you prefer (American fries, stick fries, wedges) and to give them a nice crisp outside roll them in corn starch before frying. They are so yummy. I even add season salt to the corn starch first so I end up with seasoned fries.

 

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