This week I went to buy some veggies at the Farmer’s Market near my place and for the first time since I’ve been shopping there they had a variety of sweet potatoes (I absolutely love sweet potatoes). I was amazed by the different sizes and color they had so I HAD to buy them all.
Later at home, I tried to find out their names and differences. It was not a simple task considering that there are hundreds of types of sweet potatoes ranging from white and mild to deep red and super sweet. These are my guesses for the ones I had:
- Garnet’s orange flesh turns malty sweet when baked
- Stokes purple potatoes are purple all the way through. Earthy and fibrous.
- Hannah have tan skin and an off-white interior.
- Japanese sweet potatoes are purple on the outside and off-white in the inside. They rich, dry and have more of a squash flavor.
- Jewel or Beauregard had similar appearance to the Garnet’s. Were a little less orange and creamy than the other one though.
After trying them all, my personal ranking is:
- Stokes Purple
SOME CURIOSITIES ABOUT SWEET POTATOES:
- Currently, China grows more sweet potatoes than any other nation.
- Most of the Chinese crop is exported or sold as feed;
- Because of this livestock connection, sweet potatoes were traditionally consumed by society’s poorest.