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Purple Sweet Potatoes--a Love Story!



February 10, 2010 – Comments (5) | RELATED TICKERS: WFM , NC

I had wanted to write about this before, but was waiting for a slow day when I had time. Every now and then I'm surprised by an exotic food that I never knew existed. Let me introduce the purple sweet potato. Ta-da! This potato is purple from its skin to its core. The texture is smooth and not grainy and the taste is very like a good quality orange sweet potato. 

For more info about nutrition here is another link. From what I can gather some land formerly used to grow tobacco is being used to grow this new crop. I'm not sure what impact this new vegetable will have on the NC economy.

I was first given purple sweet potatoes a few weeks before Thanksgiving. A co-worker's daughter starting dating a NC farmer whose family raises them. He gave us the culled ones that were too small to sell. So on Thanksgiving I had this delicious, attractive, new vegetable on my plate. Purple is my favorite color so I was delighted. When I asked where I could get them my friend said that the farmer contracted to sell through Whole Foods.

Now for the love story part. The sweet potato farmer proposed to the girl on Myrtle Beach around New Year's. They had both gone to Myrtle Beach as chaperones to a large church youth group. Her Dad and Mom and all the teenagers in the youth group knew he would ask the question, but she didn't have a clue. She was taken totally unawares. He knelt down on the beach and she thought that he was looking at a seashell so she knelt down too to see what it was, but he pulled out a ring and asked her then and there. She said "yes" and the whole youth group and everyone else who happened to be on the beach cheered. Her wedding will be on the first day of Spring. The End.




5 Comments – Post Your Own

#1) On February 10, 2010 at 10:00 AM, binve (< 20) wrote:

Yum!! Thanks!!

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#2) On February 10, 2010 at 10:43 AM, lemoneater (57.10) wrote:

:) I like learning about new industries. Having it be a funky vegetable was an added bonus.

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#3) On February 10, 2010 at 12:55 PM, Evlampius (< 20) wrote:

i think they've bioengeneered it in space.

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#4) On February 10, 2010 at 1:28 PM, lemoneater (57.10) wrote:

Evlampius, "Stokes Purple" does have its own registered patent number PP17976. I didn't know potatoes were patented! Makes you wonder:).

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#5) On September 29, 2010 at 1:49 PM, lemoneater (57.10) wrote:

Update on the story: It is purple sweet potato harvest time. Hooray! I hope my co-worker whose daughter married the farmer will bring in the culls like she did last year. The small individual sized potatoes were great. I think it should be a good crop this year.

A cooking tip from the farmer's wife is to substitute purple sweet potato for recipes asking for carrots.


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