- They are a summer crop - they are one of the relatively few vegetables that can tolerate Houston's intense summer heat (in fact, they have to have hot weather to grow properly).
- Along with those luxurious leaves, they also produce beautiful purple flowers similar to morning glory.
Sweet potatoes do have one challenge associated with them, though: curing. The best taste only comes from long-term storage (according to reliable internet sources, about eight weeks) at 55 degrees F. Well, there's a problem with that, because Houston generally only offers these four temperature options, none of which are close to 55 degrees F:
- 95 degrees F (outdoors)
- 75 degrees F (inside your air-conditioned house)
- 35 degrees F (inside your refrigerator)
- -5 degrees F (inside your freezer)
Sweet potatoes, of course, are a southern staple food, and can be eaten a number of ways regardless of whether or not we're near to the Thanksgiving holiday, which is when they are de rigueur.
|If you prepare an un-cured sweet potato in the traditional mashed way, you'll need to add a bit of honey as well as butter and a dash of cinnamon and nutmeg, to intensify the taste.|
The gourmet / organic / local foodshed restaurant T'afia, which according to Yelp has apparently been closed and a new establishment named Sparrow opened in its place... T'afia used to do some interesting and innovative things with sweet potatoes, if I'm remembering correctly, but of course I can't access their menu given that they apparently ceased to exist last mongth.
|I don't see stuff like sweet potato fries on Sparrow's current menu, but I do see this reference to sweet potato vines. I didn't know that they might be edible - I'll have to look into that.|
I certainly do know about Swiss chard though, and talked about that in this previous post called "Doing things the chard way" (continuing my race to the bottom with myself for bad puns).