A Bit About Sweet Potatoes

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Everybody seems to love sweet potato pie. It’s moist flesh, gently spicy-sweet, synonymous with home and the love found there, within. But how did this happen? How have sweet potatoes become the staple food of home?
Sweet potatoes are native to Central America. Peru to be precise. A staple food that is not only good for the human, it is also good for the earth. Growing in most climates, it does prefer the high jungle. This tuber holds many good attributes as a food. From beta carotene to fiber the sweet potato seems to carry it all, vitamins A and C along with protein and B-12. It is even classified as an anti-diabetic food.
Some of the oldest findings of sweet potatoes are the relics that were located in the mountains of Peru. Fragments of pottery displaying the farming and other aspects of the life of a sweet potato. These tubers were used not only for daily consumption they were revered and served to their gods both cooked and uncooked as symbols of peace and harmony.
These delectable, brightly colored tubers were seen as signs of peace and home stability. Later to be used as a symbol of virility and harmony among people. It’s no wonder we all associate the sweet potato with the feeling of a safe, harmonious home.
One of the finest things we can do with a sweet potato is to create the tasty treat of a sweet potato pie. Fortunately collecting them is easy as they are readily available year-round at most grocers. Some of the more interesting facts about sweet potatoes are:


  • Our first president, George Washington grew sweet potatoes on his farmland in Mount Vernon, Virginia.
  • Sweet potatoes are the official vegetable of North Carolina.
  • They carry unique health benefits. Including manganese, potassium, iron, copper and B-6.
  • It also contains vitamins A, E, and C.
  • Sweet potatoes are a natural anti-inflammatory.
  • One scientist, George Washington Carver, developed 118 different uses for the sweet potato; including a starch for cotton fabrics and a glue for stamps.



And now you’re a little smarter about sweet potatoes!

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