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Baking, chemistry, and purple sweet potatoes

You will remember in my earlier post about purple sweet potatoes that it’s difficult to bake with them, because the anthocyanin that provides the color reacts with baking soda (or baking powder, or anything alkaline) and turns the resulting mixture blue…

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More on purple sweet potatoes

I’m still (slowly) unearthing my purple sweet potatoes – hoping this rain will make the digging easier! Here’s a follow-up on my last post. Since the first crop has had time to cure, I decided to try the recipe in this…

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Adventures with purple sweet potatoes

You’ll probably hear from me several times on this topic, but to start with: I am digging my All Purple sweet potatoes. I grew a couple plants of this variety last year, which didn’t produce much, but I liked the…

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Sweet Potatoes

I love growing Sweet Potatoes! All things considered, they are a fairly easy crop to grow. At the end of May, you just stick some little plants, called slips, into the ground and at the end of the season you…

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Leafy greens, sweet potatoes, Jerusalem artichokes, and thankfulness

Grow It Eat It wishes you and yours a happy Thanksgiving! I am thankful for much this November, including my Master Gardener friends and particularly my new Derwood Demo Garden vegetable co-leader, Robin Ritterhoff, who has taken it on herself…

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Sweet Potato Pie

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….

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Unearthing sweet potatoes

I am done with growing sweet potatoes in raised beds.  Here is a very bad photograph to explain why. The vague white-colored object at the bottom is one of my North Carolina White sweet potatoes, which formed below the level…

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