November is Sweet Potato Awareness Month

November is Sweet Potato Awareness Month

Be aware of these important facts about Sweet Potatoes
Sweet Potato 1     Sweet Potatoes are not yams.
Sweet Potato 2     Sweet Potato Awareness Month is not National Sweet Potato Month.
Sweet Potato 3     They are very good to eat.

Sweet Potato 1     Sweet Potatoes are not Yams. Sweet potatoes have tapered ends, and according to Vegetables by James Peterson they range between 10 to 14 oz, and average about 12 oz. Yams, on the other hand range between a half-pound and 100 pounds. They also have rounded ends, not the characteristic tapered ends of sweet potatoes. Yams are old world vegetables. Originating in Africa, they are now native to the Caribbean and Asia. Sweet Potatoes are a new world vegetable native to the Americas, although they have also crossed the Atlantic and are now grown in east Africa and Portugal. The confusion between the two vegetables dates back to 1937 when “Dr. Julian C. Miller and his colleagues in the horticulture department of Louisiana State University” decided to market the state’s moist sweet potato varieties as “Louisiana Yams.”

Not only are they not yams, sweet potatoes are not really potatoes.  According to the International Potato Center (Centro Internacional de la Papa) : “Despite its name, the sweet potato is not related to the potato. Potatoes are members of the Solanaceae family, which also includes tomatoes, red peppers, and eggplant, while sweet potatoes belong to the morning-glory family (Convolvulaceae). And unlike the potato—which is a tuber, or thickened stem—the sweet potato is a storage root.”

Sweet Potato 2     Sweet Potato Awareness Month is not National Sweet Potato Month, which is February, and should not be confused with any Sweet Potato Day that might be proclaimed. And most importantly for Texans, none of the dates above coincide with the Annual Golden Sweet Potato Festival that has been held during the fourth week in October each year in Golden, Texas ever since 1982.

Sweet Potato 3     Sweet Potatoes are very good to eat.  In spite of any calendar confusion sweet potatoes are nutritious – no fat and full of the antioxidants beta-carotene and vitamin C – and delicious, whether baked, fried or turned into a pie. Fortunately the library has a few books containing very tasty recipes to raise your sweet potato awareness.

660 Curries     660 Curries / by Raghavan Iyer; food photography by Ben Fink

American Ethnic Cookbook     The American Ethnic Cookbook for Students / by Mark H. Zanger

Butter Beans to Blackberries      Butter Beans to Blackberries: Recipes from the Southern Garden / Ronni Lundy 

Fot the Love of Potatoes!    For the Love of Potatoes! Comfort Cooking with an American Favorite / Darlene Kronschnabel 

Gulf Coast Kitchens     Gulf Coast Kitchens: Bright Flavors from Key West to the Yucatán / Constance Snow; photographs by Tina Rupp

Historical Cookbook of the American Negro     The Historical Cookbook of the American Negro / National Council of Negro Women; foreword by Dorothy I. Height; introduction by Anne L. Bower; originally compiled and edited by Sue Bailey Thurman. This book contains recipes for Sweet Potato Pie and Sweet Potatoes and Peanuts by no less a luminary than Dr. George Washington Carver. There is also a pie recipe on page 71 by Marie B. Johnson, where the editors invite you to “Compare Mrs. Johnson’s Virginia sweet potato pie with George Carver’s recipe from the deep South.”

Market Fresh Cookbook     The Market Fresh Cookbook

Pleasures of the Vietnamese Table     Pleasures of the Vietnamese Table: Recipes and Reminiscences from Vietnam's Best Market Kitchens, Street Cafes, and Home Cooks / Mai Pahm

Vegetables     Vegetables / James Peterson

Vegetables Every Day     Vegetables Every Day: the Definitive Guide to Buying and Cooking Today's Produce, with More Than 350 Recipes / Jack Bishop

Zainabu's African Cookbook     Zainabu's African Cookbook : with Food Stories / Zainabu Kpaka Kallon


Recipe Index
Recipe Cookbook Page
Baked Sweet Potato Vegetables 100-101
Baked Sweet Potato Vegetables every day 315
Baked Sweet Potatoes and Apples For the Love of Potatoes 31

Chicken Curry with Sweet Potatoes

Pleasures of the Vietnamese Table 138-139
Coconut and Sweet Potato Casserole For the Love of Potatoes 56
Double the Potatoes with Cumin and Chilies 660 Curries 583
Ginger Sorghum and Sweet Potato Pie Butter Beans to Blackberries 219, 221
Grilled Sweet Potato Vegetables 218,221
Ground Beef with Whole-Wheat Ribbons 660 Curries 179-181
Guyanese-American Sea Trout Salad  American Ethnic Cookbook 130
Havana-Style Paella Gulf Coast Kitchens 133
Indian Style Salad  Vegetables 149-150
Jahyan Sweet Potato Fry Zainabu's African Cookbook 233-234
Lelehun Sweet Potato Akara Zainabu's African Cookbook 217-218
Mama Lango Yogboh Sweet Potato and Beans Zainabu's African Cookbook 172-173
Orange Sweet Potato Soufflé Gulf Coast Kitchens 248
Oven Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Tarragon For the Love of Potatoes 50
Polenta with Salsa Gulf Coast Kitchens 263
Potato Mix with a Cracked Peppercorn Sauce 660 Curries 584-585
Roasted Sweet Potato Vegetables 265
Roasted Sweet Potato “Fries” Vegetables every day 318
Seminole and Miccsukee Pumpkin Bread American Ethnic Cookbook 248
Sorghum and Sweet Potato Ice Cream Butter Beans to Blackberries 221
Spicy Sweet Potato Bisque Gulf Coast Kitchens 123
Spicy Sweet Potato Pie For the Love of Potatoes 82
Spicy Sweet Potato Prune Bread For the Love of Potatoes 74
Sugar and Spice Sweet Potatoes with Peanuts Butter Beans to Blackberries 216-218
Sweet Potato and Apple Empanadas Gulf Coast Kitchens 304
Sweet Potato and Corn Chowder Butter Beans to Blackberries 218
Sweet Potato and Cornbread Dressing Gulf Coast Kitchens 249
Sweet Potato and Peanuts Historical Cookbook of the American Negro 8
Sweet Potato and Plantain in Coconut Sauce 660 Curries 615-616
Sweet Potato Biscuits American Ethnic Cookbook 227-228
Sweet Potato Biscuits Gulf Coast Kitchens 256-257
Sweet Potato Biscuits Historical Cookbook of the American Negro 9, 151
Sweet Potato Bread American Ethnic Cookbook 173-174
Sweet Potato Candy Historical Cookbook of the American Negro 9
Sweet Potato Casserole with Maple and Ginger Vegetables every day 318-319
Sweet Potato Chicken Akara Zainabu's African Cookbook 218
Sweet Potato Chips Gulf Coast Kitchens 26
Sweet Potato Croquettes Historical Cookbook of the American Negro 8
Sweet Potato Dessert Squares Market Fresh Cookbook 169
Sweet Potato Fries Vegetables every day 317
Sweet Potato Guacamole Butter Beans to Blackberries 31-33
Sweet Potato Hash Butter Beans to Blackberries 216
Sweet Potato Kale Soup Market Fresh Cookbook 146
Sweet Potato Muffins Gulf Coast Kitchens 305

Sweet Potato Muffins
Historical Cookbook of the American Negro 8
Sweet Potato Pie American Ethnic Cookbook 7-8
Sweet Potato Pie Gulf Coast Kitchens 303
Sweet Potato Pie Historical Cookbook of the American Negro 8, 71
Sweet Potato Puree with Ginger and Chiles Vegetables every day 316
Sweet Potato Puree with Orange Vegetables every day 316-317
Sweet Potato Rum Bars Gulf Coast Kitchens 306-307
Sweet Potato Salad Market Fresh Cookbook 159
Sweet Potato Salad Vegetables 101
Sweet Potato Waldorf Salad For the Love of Potatoes 13
Vegetable Curry Pleasures of the Vietnamese table Pleasures of the Vietnamese table 191-192
Whites and Sweets with Peas 660 Curries 583-584