Often mistaken for yams, though a very different vegetable, sweet potatoes can range from pale yellow to vivid orange to purple. The orange-hued varieties contain a stunning amount of beta-carotene. In the body, this antioxidant is converted to vitamin A, which plays a vital role in immune system, eye, and bone health. Sweet potatoes also provide healthful doses of fiber, blood pressure-lowering potassium, and vitamin B6, which may help reduce inflammation and cut colon cancer risk.
Choose It & Use It
Sweet potatoes are available year-round but are at their peak from October to December. Choose firm potatoes that are free of cracks or soft spots. Refrigeration negatively alters their taste, so store in a cool, dark pantry. Add to casseroles, stews, or roasted veggie medleys.
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Colorful Oven Fries
Oven-fried sweet potatoes can be tricky because the potatoes’ high moisture content makes it difficult for them to “fry,” and their ample sugar causes them to burn easily. Okinawan sweet potatoes work well here because of their dry texture, but a dusting of potato starch helps keep all varieties crisp.more
Layered Sweet Potato Torte
Thinly sliced sweet potatoes are both the filling and the crust for this hearty tart.more
Nutty Sweet Potato Soup with Harissa and Spinach
Harissa is a smoky North African chili paste made from smoked chiles, olive oil, spices, and sometimes tomatoes. Heat and flavor vary from brand to brand. This recipe was made with a French-produced harissa with a mild heat and extra sweetness from tomatoes.more
Sweet Potato Wedges with Cider Reduction
When cider is simmered for a long time, it reduces down to a tangy syrup that is thickened by apples’ natural pectins.more