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Sweet Potatoes, Tasty and Nutritious

Sweet potatoes have long been a part of many family Thanksgivings and now are expanding into our meals year round.

This outstanding source of beta-carotene provides 35 to 90% of the recommended daily amount of Vitamin A.  Plus, the colorful sweet potato is loaded with vitamin C, potassium, and contains more fiber (when eaten with the skin on) than oatmeal.  A good source of antioxidants, this anti-inflammatory vegetable is also a good food source for those suffering from arthritis and asthma.

And try the young leaves in soups, stews or steamed and served with fish, okra and chile peppers.  They are a great source of nutrients, iron, fiber and more.

Try growing your own next season. Those gardening in cooler regions and areas with a shorter growing season may want to use raised beds and black mulch to warm the soil and speed growth.

A bit more information:  And don’t discard those sweet potatoes that sprout in storage.  Make it a fun gardening activity for the family.  Plant the sprouting sweet potato in a container of well-drained potting mix.  Grow in a sunny window and water as needed. They make a great indoor plant or take cuttings and start new plants for your garden. 

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