Monday, April 21, 2014

Interesting Sweet Potato Facts

 

  • Sweet potatoes are high in Beta Carotene and vitamins E and C.

  • Sweet potatoes are a good source of fiber when eaten with the skin on.

  • Sweet potatoes offer other nutrients such as potassium, iron and vitamin B-6

  • Sweet potatoes can be: Interesting Sweet Potato Facts.
    • Baked
    • Steamed
    • Boiled
    • Microwaved
    • Fried
    • Juiced
    • Pureed
    • Eaten Raw

  • Sweet potatoes are roots, compared to regular potatoes which are tubers (underground stems).

  • Our first president, George Washington grew sweet potatoes on his farmland in Mount Vernon, Virginia.

  • George Washington Carver, a famous scientist, developed 118 products from sweet potatoes including glue for postage stamps and starch for sizing cotton fabrics.

  • North Carolina is the leading producer of sweet potatoes in the United States, producing around 40% of the national supply.  Most of the production is concentrated east of Interstate 95.

  • Sweet potatoes are the official vegetable for North Carolina.

  • Sweet potatoes are an excellent way to eat healthy!  They are fat-free and cholesterol-free. 

  • Sweet potatoes have unique health benefits!  They are loaded with vitamins A, C and E - antioxidants that can help prevent heart disease and cancer, bolster the immune system and even slow aging by promoting good vision and healthy skin.  They have been recently reclassified as an "antidiabetic" food.  They are anti-inflammatory and can protect against emphysema.

  • Sweet potatoes are high in Beta Carotene.  They are an excellent source of copper, manganese, potassium, iron and vitamin B-6.

  • Sweet potatoes are a superfood and they taste great!  They are excellent accompaniments to poultry, pork, beef, lamb or seafood.  They can also be substituted in virtually any recipe that calls for apples, squash or white potatoes.

  • Here is a list of some of the common names used for Sweet potatoes around the world:
    • China: fan shu
    • Fiji: kumala
    • India: shakar-kandi
    • Indonesia: ubi-jalar                              
    • Japan: Satsuma imo                  
    • Malaysia: keledek
    • Philippines: kamote
    • Sri Lanka: bath-ala
    • Thailand: man-thet

  • Wayne E. Bailey Produce Company, Inc., located in Chadbourn, NC, packs and ships southern sweet potatoes year-round!  Our on-going program of improving and maintaining food safety programs is of utmost importance to our organization.  We subscribe to an In-Plant Food Safety/Hygiene Audit and Training Program.  Our facility is audited annually under GFSI benchmarked criteria.  All of our fresh sweet potatoes are electronically sized to give you a consistent pack. 
 
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