I love to grow and eat sweet potatoes. This year I sprouted plants from Japanese red sweet potatoes I bought in an Asian supermarket. I am particularly fond of this type because it has a dense texture and rich flavor. I planted seven plants in two sloped areas of my garden. I marveled and whacked at the rampant vines, cooked up leaves and shoot tips from time to time, and waited… and waited. I learned that they are LATE to mature compared to other types.
When I finally dug them on October 7 I was surprised at the yield- about 65 lbs. not including those I sliced with the spade. My next thought was “I need to make a pie.” I was in luck because a Penzeys Spice catalog with a sweet potato pie recipe had just arrived! Family and co-workers gave it two thumbs up.