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All About Sweet Potatoes

By SongofJoy
November 25, 2011

Sweet potatoes are nutritional powerhouses, but they enjoy less popularity in America than in most parts of the world. Here, the white spud is king. Apart from the color, the two do bear a strong resemblance, but some differences emerge when you dig a bit deeper.

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Nov 29, 2011 6:32 PM CST
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Sharon
Nov 29, 2011 8:09 PM CST
Chestnuts are wonderful. Haven't had them in years, but oh my gosh they were such a treat when I was young and they were available. Whitest nut meat, just delicious!

You better tell me ahead of time when you have them, Vic. It's a long trip to make on the spur of the moment. Green Grin!
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Nov 29, 2011 8:14 PM CST
Do you always have to roast them or can they be eaten out of the shell?
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Sharon
Nov 29, 2011 8:15 PM CST
They need to be roasted.
Let me check something . . . BRB.
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Sharon
Nov 29, 2011 8:20 PM CST
Tannic acid. They have a high content of it. I couldn't remember for sure what it was and had to look it up.

Anyway, you have to treat them like veggies because they are very starchy in the first place and taste really bad raw. So, the drying and then the cooking help sweeten them, also removes the high tannic acid content.

Otherwise, upset tummy!
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flaflwrgrl
Nov 29, 2011 8:31 PM CST
Very interesting. Thanks for the info. on that. I bet they're really good hot. Do you remember how long & how to roast them?

I've seen them for sale in the store at this time of year but never bought any because no one knew how to roast them. Now wouldn't you think the people in the produce dept. would/should know that kind of thing? I would think the produce mgr. would make sure every produce employee knew.
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Sharon
Nov 29, 2011 8:39 PM CST
This is what I remember. Dad roasted both in the oven and in the fireplace.

He cut an X in the shell, then placed the whole thing (X side up) on a cookie sheet for the oven. I think they roasted maybe 20 - 30 minutes. The shell sort of opens up from the X so the inside is exposed. When it's cool then peel it, be sure to get the inside brownish skin off too. It will be sweet to taste. Looks a little like a brain. (!)

He did the same thing when roasting on the fire, but used an iron skillet and left the lid on. Seems like about the same time too. Maybe 30 minutes. There was a grate over the coals, and the skillet had a very long handle I remember.

Guess we could look it up.

Sorry Tee, we got a little sidetracked from Sweet Potatoes.
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Nov 29, 2011 8:56 PM CST
Hmmmmm.... wonder if they would explode if you didn't cut the X?

Sorry Tee. *Blush*

We'll continue this conversation elsewhere.
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Nov 30, 2011 3:40 AM CST
They go with sweet potatoes and Christmas and all things healthy. Green Grin! Thumbs up
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Nov 30, 2011 9:02 AM CST
I seem to remember the chestnuts falling in September here - Is that enough notice? Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
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Nov 30, 2011 12:21 PM CST
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Nov 30, 2011 5:22 PM CST
425° oven. : )
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extranjera
Dec 1, 2011 7:05 PM CST
I was grocery shopping today and they only had the white sweet potatoes, of course because I wanted both to compare. The white ones are purple on the outside and really, really large. They had cut the tubers into pieces that were still about a kilo each. I took some pictures and I'm trying to decide how I want to cook them.

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I put a regular sized coffee spoon next to them so you can tell the size.

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Dec 1, 2011 7:10 PM CST
That's BIG!
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SongofJoy
Dec 2, 2011 4:25 AM CST
I'll say. Thanks for posting the picture. Thumbs up
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extranjera
Dec 2, 2011 10:15 AM CST
I used the recipe above last night. I was baking chicken anyway so I sliced one of them fairly thick, put them on a baking sheet with some olive oil and put salt and pepper on them. Dinner was delayed so I had turned the oven way down after about an hour and they got nice and crispy. They were really good, kind of sweet but more savory. That's a great way to cook them and I didn't even have any goat cheese to put on them.
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SongofJoy
Dec 2, 2011 11:06 AM CST
Good to have the feedback, Jonna. I'm going to try that recipe soon. Green Grin!
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flaflwrgrl
Dec 2, 2011 12:34 PM CST
I tried it the other day --- just roasting them like that with salt & pepper & oil & they were YUM! DH loved them too.
I am a strong believer in the simple fact is that what matters in this life is how we treat others. I think that's what living is all about. Not what I've done in my life but how I've treated others.
~~ Sharon Brown ~~



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SongofJoy
Dec 2, 2011 12:43 PM CST
Hurray!
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