Brightly colored sweet potatoes are full of the antioxidant beta-carotene. The body converts beta-carotene to retinol, or vitamin A, which may be good for your eyesight and help prevent some kinds of cancer and boost immunity. Low in calories and high in fiber, sweet potatoes are great for anyone wishing to shed a few pounds or maintain their current weight. They also deliver a good amount of vitamins, B6, C, and E.
Buy small to medium-sized sweet potatoes that are firm and heavy, with smooth, flawless skin. Avoid wrinkly or sprouting potatoes.
Store in a dry, dark area of approximately 50 degrees. Your potatoes should keep for up to four weeks in this environment. Don't refrigerate sweet potatoes, as temperatures below 50 degrees can cause a hardcore condition, where the potato centers will stay solid even after cooking.
Baking and roasting sweet potatoes are the most traditional method of cooking. But you can also grill sweet potatoes. Just slice them lengthwise, about 1/4 inch thick. Brush with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill over medium heat until golden and tender, about 2 minutes per side. Looking for a great recipe? Try our Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Oregano and Thyme for a delicious side dish.
Did you know?
Sweet potatoes are part of the morning glory family. The young leaves and shoots are sometimes eaten as greens.
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