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Fri Feb 8, 2013, 07:13 PM

February is National Sweet Potato Month!

Facts about Sweet Potatoes

"The sweet potato (Ipomoea batatas) is a dicotyledonous plant which belongs to the family Convolvulaceae. Amongst the approximately 50 genera and more than 1000 species of this family, only I. batatas is a crop plant whose large, starchy, sweet tasting tuberous roots are an important root vegetable (Purseglove, 1991; Woolfe, 1992). The young leaves and shoots are sometimes eaten as greens. The sweet potato is only distantly related to the potato (Solanum tuberosum). It is commonly called a yam in parts of North America, although they are only very distantly related to the other plant widely known as yams (in the Dioscoreaceae family), which is native to Africa and Asia.

The genus Ipomoea that contains the sweet potato also includes several garden flowers called morning glories, though that term is not usually extended to Ipomoea batatas. Some cultivars of Ipomoea batatas are grown as ornamental plants.

This plant is a herbaceous perennial vine, bearing alternate heart-shaped or palmately lobed leaves and medium-sized sympetalous flowers. The edible tuberous root is long and tapered, with a smooth skin whose color ranges between red, purple, brown and white. Its flesh ranges from white through yellow, orange, and purple."

http://www.gone-ta-pott.com/national_sweet_potato_month.html

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Sherman A1 Feb 2013 OP
Wait Wut Feb 2013 #1
Sherman A1 Feb 2013 #2
RILib Feb 2013 #3
Wait Wut Feb 2013 #4
Sherman A1 Feb 2013 #6
tinymontgomery Feb 2013 #5
Flaxbee Feb 2013 #7
Tuesday Afternoon Feb 2013 #8

Response to Sherman A1 (Original post)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 07:16 PM

1. oooooh....

...I love sweet potatoes! The husband hates them, but I think I might have to create something awesome that he can't resist!

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Response to Wait Wut (Reply #1)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 07:38 PM

2. Sounds good to me

I think I will have some over the weekend!

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Response to Wait Wut (Reply #1)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 08:23 PM

3. sweet potato fries.

 

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Response to RILib (Reply #3)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 08:28 PM

4. He won't eat them.

I made candied yams one year that he loved, but it's not the healthiest way to serve them.

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Response to Wait Wut (Reply #4)

Sat Feb 9, 2013, 05:16 AM

6. I can make a meal of

just a large sweet potato or baked potato myself and we often do with a side of other veggies.

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Response to Sherman A1 (Original post)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 11:31 PM

5. And my wife just informed me she brought some today.

She didn't even know it was the month to support them.

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Response to Sherman A1 (Original post)

Sat Feb 9, 2013, 04:27 PM

7. breakfast yesterday: sweet potato (baked in oven - better than microwave), some butter, walnuts

and crisp apple (peeled and chopped) all mixed together with a tiny bit of brown sugar.

Really, really, reaaalllllly good stuff.

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Response to Sherman A1 (Original post)

Sat Feb 9, 2013, 04:30 PM

8. sweet potato pie and

shut mah mouth!

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