This month we know you are going to love what we are serving up – sweet potatoes! These aren’t just any sweet potatoes, though, these are ones from Nash Produce of Nash County, North Carolina! Nash Produce is a real family affair, considering they are comprised of 30 sweet potato farming families across North Carolina, all growing sweet potatoes in the state known for providing some of the best conditions for growing them. It’s all in the TLC as well, and each root of a Nash Produce sweet potato is hand harvested and handled with care as to protect it from damage, which must be why they always are so delicious year after year!
We know they’re delicious, but what makes sweet potatoes so good for you?
- Sweet potatoes are high in vitamin A, vitamin B5, B6, thiamin, niacin, riboflavin, and, due to their orange color, are high in carotenoids.
- They're fat-free, relatively low in sodium and have fewer calories than white potatoes — although they do have more sugar.
- Sweet potatoes' potassium content is also helpful for your heart, as it lowers blood pressure by maintaining fluid balance
Did you know..?
- Sweet potatoes are not always orange-fleshed on the inside but can also be a spectacular purple color.
- Sweet potatoes can be found in your local markets year-round,however, they are primarily in season in November and December.
- Sweet potatoes are native to Central and South America and grow best in tropical conditions, and are one of the oldest vegetables known to man.
Sweet Potato Tips
- Typically they take awhile to bake in the oven, but now you can buy a new “STEAMABLE SWEETS” by Nash Produce. They can be found under their label Mr. Yam’s Sweet Potatoes. They are steamable in the bag for a quick 8 minutes - perfect! Not only that, they’re petite so perfect for an individual serving and especially for children!
- Choose sweet potatoes that are firm and do not have any cracks, bruises or soft spots.
- Sweet potatoes should be stored in a cool, dark and well-ventilated place, where they will keep fresh for up to ten days.
- If you purchase organically grown sweet potatoes, you can eat the entire tuber, flesh and skin. Yet, if you buy conventionally grown ones, you should peel them before eating since sometimes the skin is treated with dye or wax; if preparing the sweet potato whole, just peel it after cooking