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In 1920, the average American ate about 30 pounds of sweet potatoes annually, compared to today's four pound average. Sweet potatoes are fairly easy to cultivate, require little fertilization and grow well in marginal soil. Because of this, sweet potatoes came to represent a hard times food, falling in popularity as people became concerned with food as a symbol of affluence.
Each year, a basement filled with the season's crop has granted ample creativity in the kitchen. Favorite applications include baked sweet potato fries tossed with garlic and herbs; a creamy sweet potato soup made with homemade broth and swirled with yogurt; or simply baked whole, split open and topped with a thick pat of sweet cream butter.
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The nutritional perks of sweet potatoes are as attractive as their flavor. The greens are some of the richest sources of the carotenoid lutein, which protects against age related macular degeneration.
However prepared, sweet potatoes seem to fulfill the contemporary quest for remedying comfort food while giving North Carolina diners a chance to partake in an abundant regional delicacy. Combined, this may tip the pendulum toward a new perception of affluence.
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But as Southerners are known for following flavor, sweet potatoes have remained a fundamental element of Southern cuisine. Most Southern cookbooks have recipes dedicated to the versatile applications for sweet potatoes, most often as a whipped casserole spiked with bourbon with a crunchy layer of brown sugar and pecans, or baked into silky pie. Few holiday tables of the South go without such dishes.
Line two baking sheets with parchment.
Slice sweet potatoes crosswise in half then lengthwise in half, to create four large pieces per potato. Flesh side down, cut each portion into 1/2 inch Adidas Energy Boost Solar Red sticks. Place in a large mixing bowl. Coat with olive oil and season with salt. Press garlic through a garlic press and toss with sweet potatoes, olive oil and chopped herbs. Divide fries evenly among the baking sheets. Bake until tender, about 15 minutes.
The sweet tubers contain high levels of dietary fiber, potassium, beta carotene (which is a precursor to vitamin A), manganese, iron, calcium, vitamin B6 and vitamin C.
Today, the majority of the world's sweet potato crop is produced in China. Half of it is used as livestock feed, but humans eat their fair share.
In parts of the world where vitamin A deficiency is rampant, sweet potatoes with dark pigmented flesh have been introduced to help address the problem, with great success.
My experience with growing sweet potatoes has been only positive. My first harvest was one of the most successful, affording crate upon crate to overflow with giant tubers as soil was overturned just before autumn's first frost. Storing well after a week or two of curing, this is a crop well suited to small scale gardeners and larger producers alike, rewarding growers all winter long.
eloved nearly everywhere south of the Mason Dixon, sweet potatoes are North Carolina's state vegetable and a large portion of its agriculture the state yields close to 40 percent of Adidas Energy Boost 2 Women's Running Shoes
Thought to have originated in either Central or South America, sweet potatoes find perfect growing conditions in Western North Carolina: a temperate climate similar to the tuber's native growing conditions.
A distant relative to the common potato, sweet potatoes are not part of the nightshade family, as are standard potatoes. The sweet tuber, a product of the plant's prolific vine growth (which is also edible), works well to a buttery saut and cloaked in Adidas Energy Boost 2 Lowest Price
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