Sweet Potato Varieties

There are hundreds of varieties of sweet potatoes ranging from white and mild to deep red and super sweet. Many are grown in small quantities and can be found at local farmers markets. The following are three popular varieties found in grocery stores nationwide. Depending on flavor and texture, certain varieties lend themselves better for certain recipes.




A favorite for mashing or roasting, the Covington has rose colored skin and supersweet orange flesh. Eat it whole with your favorite toppings or cut into wedges and bake as a side dish. The O’Henry has a pale copper skin, almost like a potato, but don’t be fooled. This tater’s white flesh is sweet, creamy and ideal for soups and stews. Japanese sweet potatoes have red skin and dry, white flesh. Roast these up with a few of your favorite root veggies for a colorful side dish.


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