Sweet Potatoes 101


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Sweet potatoes are as American as apple pie! Native Americans were growing sweet potatoes when Columbus came in 1492, and by the 16th century, sweet potatoes were being cultivated in the southern states, where they became a staple in the traditional cuisine. With their delicious sweetness and mild flavor, sweet potatoes take to a variety of ethnic seasonings, making them a go-to ingredient no matter what the season.

What is the Difference between Yams and Sweet Potatoes?

Did you know a sweet potato is not a yam? Learn the differences between the tubers and share your fun facts around the dinner table!

Types of Sweet Potatoes

Covington, O’Henry, Japanese? Orange, Yellow, Purple? The many shapes, sizes and colors of sweet potatoes share the story behind the many varieties of sweet potatoes available today. The challenge? How to choose!

How to Store Sweet Potatoes

Now that you’ve found your spud of choice, don’t spoil it at home! Learn the tricks to sweet potatoes so you know where you should and should not store your taters.

How to Grow Sweet Potatoes

Can’t get enough of its sweet, orange deliciousness? Follow our step-by-step guide on how to grow sweet potatoes on your own.

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