Sweet Potatoes

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Seasonality:

  • Sweet potatoes are available year-round in grocery store, with peak season being October to December.

Health Benefits of Sweet Potatoes:

  • A medium sweet potato with the skin contained four times the daily recommended intake of Vitamin A, a key nutrient in vision health, bone development and immune function.
  • Sweet Potatoes are a good source of Vitamin C, manganese and fiber.

How to Select Sweet Potatoes:

  • Look for small to medium sweet potatoes with firm, smooth and even-toned skin.
  • Depending on the variety of sweet potato, the skin can range from bright red to rose colored to pale copper.

How to Store Sweet Potatoes:

  • Store sweet potatoes in a cool, dark place like the pantry for up to 2 weeks. Keep them in a loosely covered bag to allow for air circulation.
  • Do not refrigerate raw sweet potatoes, as doing so can alter their taste and flavor.

How to Prepare Sweet Potatoes:

  • Prior to consuming, give sweet potatoes a light scrub under running water.
  • Sweet potatoes do not need to be peeled and many of the vitamins in sweet potatoes are contained in the peel.

Fun Facts About Sweet Potatoes:

  • Despite a physical similarity, yams and sweet potatoes are not even distantly related.
  • George Washington farmed sweet potatoes on his Mount Vernon, Virginia farm.

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