Sweet Potatoes

If you have only had sweet potato casserole covered in a marshmallow sticky mess, this is a must read! Sweet potatoes have a delicious natural flavor that doesn’t need butter, sugar or marshmallows. The sweet potato has natural sugars that sweeten as is cooks. Bake potatoes in their skin long enough for the sugars to caramelize into gooey goodness.

The sweet potato is one of the oldest known and cultivated foods from the Native North America going back over 9000 years. It leads the nutritional pack over other orange vegetables including, pumpkins, carrots, butternut squash and orange bell peppers all loaded with vitamin A. Packed with nutrients, including fiber, vitamin A, calcium, magnesium and potassium the sweet potato is truly a super food.

One cup of cooked sweet potato has only 200 calories and no fat. Sweet potatoes should not be refrigerated, store them in a dry, cool and dark place. Plan on cooking your sweet potato within one week of purchase. Cooked potatoes can be stored in the refrigerator for 4 to 5 days or frozen up to 10-12 months. Sweet potatoes can be used just like potatoes in many dishes where a little extra sweetness would be appreciated. They can be baked, mashed, 'oven-fried' or stuffed. This versatile vegetable served as a side dish, main dish, or dessert is a nutritious and delicious food.