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Yams or sweet 'taters

Discussion in 'Back to Basics' started by snowbyrd, Apr 7, 2007.

  1. snowbyrd

    snowbyrd Latet anguis in herba

    Gotta sweet 'tater growing and was wondering if anyone has thought about them as a 'staple' crop? Potatoes and such but what about the sweet ones. I know I could look up all sorts of info, like the vitamins in them and ease of growing but I thought some of you grit eaters might have some first hand knowledge. Ain't never seen a grit bush but I would love to have some of them seeds! "sweet potato pie and I shut my mouth" hee hee name that tune........
    snowbyrd the currious [dunno]
  2. Blackjack

    Blackjack Monkey+++

    Alabama "Song of the South"

    I've grown them, I love them baked with butter. Can't say much about the vitamins although I've always heard they are FULL of good stuff.

    Just looked up:
    Yams are high in Vitamin C, dietary fiber, Vitamin B6, potassium and manganese; while they are low in saturated fat, sodium and cholesterol
  3. Seacowboys

    Seacowboys Senior Member Founding Member

    I lived for an entire winter on game, fish and sweet potatoes. I was never so tired of anything in my life and haven't hunted since then (around 20 years ago). I was grateful for the sweet potatoes; they kept me alive and fairly healthy.
  4. Gallowglass

    Gallowglass Winter is coming

    They have lots of vitamin A and C. The greens are also edible (a delicacy in the Phillippines) and contain iron and vitamin D.
  5. Blackjack

    Blackjack Monkey+++

    So are rotten duck eggs! :sick: ;)
  6. Seawolf1090

    Seawolf1090 Adventure Riding Monkey Founding Member

    Sweet potato frenchfries are interesting - but then you have the fatty oil . . .

    Sweet tater pie is great stuff! I prefer it for the Holidays more than pumpkin pie.

    Mom makes a good sweet tater casserole dish. Lots of butter, brown sugar and marshmallow topping!
  7. ghrit

    ghrit Ambulatory anachronism Administrator Founding Member

    [fnny] And you are worried about fatty oils -- [own2]
  8. Tracy

    Tracy Insatiably Curious Moderator Founding Member

    Really? Do they come out sweet(ish) or bland(ish)?

    A local burger chain has them seasonally and I've never had the guts to try them.
  9. ghrit

    ghrit Ambulatory anachronism Administrator Founding Member

    Worth the try, sorta sweet/salt. It's a thing you'll either like or detest, but it's a cheap experiment.
  10. Blackjack

    Blackjack Monkey+++

    I like'em.
  11. emk

    emk Monkey+++

    If you've got a yen for something sweet without the extra brown sugar and butter try putting them in the micro or baking them. I find the
    red velvets or the beauregards work the best.
  12. ridgerunner58

    ridgerunner58 Monkey+++

    I like them baked or boiled & add butter....also french fried.They are also good raw but you can not take big bites.
  13. CRC

    CRC Survivor of Tidal Waves | RIP 7-24-2015 Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    Baked, Microwaved, Fried as sticks...fried like chips....in casseroles...


    Love 'em!
  14. oldteacher

    oldteacher Monkey+++

    They were a staple in the rural south during hard times. We usually baked them and set them in the pie safe for after school snacks. Children carried a baked sweet potato as part of their lunch for decades. Easy to grow and store, too.
  15. ChemicalGal

    ChemicalGal Monkey+++

    Add a touch of Cinnamon, they are to die for.

    Can do more with them than regular potatoes and most everything you can do with a potatoe

    good eating
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