November’s Harvest of the Month is the delicious and nutritious sweet potato!
Native to Central America, the sweet potato is not related to potatoes but instead is in the same family as morning glory. Sweet potatoes are very popular in the southern United States, and have been grown in that region since the 16th century. Although often mistaken for the yam, sweet potatoes are more flavorful and less starchy than yams.
If you’ve never grown them before, it’s worth a try next year! Check out this article from UVM Master Gardener Jean Parker, about growing sweet potatoes in Vermont – and consider growing some in your own garden. For additional information, here’s an article from Red Wagon Plants written a few years ago with helpful local growing advice.
Or, ask your local farmstand if they have any locally grown sweet potatoes, and try out one of these recipes gathered by the good folks at Vermont Harvest of the Month!