SWEET POTATO'S

THE HISTORY OF THE SWEET POTATO’S
“The sweet potato made three independent trips to Southeast Asia. The Polynesians probably introduced it in 1100 A.D. (red). While the Spanish (blue) and Portuguese (yellow) brought other varieties from the Americas around 1500”.

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2013/01/22 /169980441/how-the-sweet-potatocrossed-the-pacific-before-columbus

 “DeSoto’s Spanish explorers

found sweet potatoes growing in “Indian gardens” in what became Louisiana”  ”This root crop kept hunger from the doors of many generations of our ancestors. During the trying times of the Revolutionary and Civil Wars it was a staple food. A Colonial physician recommended sweet potatoes especially for children because of the sweet potatoes’ value in combating childhood nutritional diseases”

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“The sweet potato is another of the native American plants found by Columbus and his shipmates” “It was probably found on various islands of the West Indies on some of the earlier voyages, it is not definitely mentioned in their records until the fourth voyage.”

http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu

SWEET POTATO'S GROWS IN WARM CLIMATE
• Sweet Potato’s thrives in

subtropical and tropical conditions such as New Zealand ,North America , Asia and Africa just to name a few.

http://aggiehorticulture.tamu.edu/archives/parsons/publications/vegetabletravelers/s weetpotato.html

WHAT ARE YOU?

Vegetable

SWEET POTATOES ARE VEGETABLE
• “Sweet potatoes are a vegetable. The

recommended daily allowance of vegetables is two to four servings daily. Sweet potatoes are low in sodium, cholesterol free, fat free, high in fiber, contain minerals and vitamins A, C and E. Sweet potatoes are also more nutritious if cooked with the skin on. They are also rich in beta-carotene (a special kind of vitamin A). This vitamin helps your body wage war against free-radicals. Free-radicals try to damage your cells, but betacarotene coats your cells and help your immune system fight back”

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SWEET POTATOES ARE VEGETABLE
• Sweet Potatoes are loaded with antioxidants (beta-carotene and

vitamins A, C and E), which in many studies, have helped prevent heart disease and cancer, bolster the immune system, and promote good vision and healthy skin. They also contain many other essential nutrients including potassium, iron and vitamin V6.

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MORE BENEFITS PLEASE

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EXPAND YOUR DIET WITH SWEET POTATO’S
• People on diabetic diets, like others, benefit from health-

promoting nutrients present in sweet potatoes, including fiber, beta carotene, vitamin C, potassium, magnesium and a myriad of phytochemicals, many of which act as antioxidants

THE FARMER
• The farmers begin preparing the soil during the months of march • With in several weeks the planted sweet potatoes seed is now a

sprout.
• The Planting process is through the months of April-June • It takes 120 days for this process to be completed in order to

harvest the fields.

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AFTER THE HARVEST
• Once the sweet potatoes are dug from field they are wash and

graded and separated for different use.
• Most will be shipped to the local grocery stores • Others will be can and preserves

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SWEET POTATOES WEDGES

INGREDIENTS 2 large sweet potato, and cut into wedges 2 teaspoons Olive oil 1/4 teaspoon salt Pinch of Dash and pepper NUTRITION Per serving: 122 calories; 5 g fat ( 0 g sat , 3 g mono ); 0 mg cholesterol; 19 g carbohydrates; 0 g added sugars; 2 g protein; 3 g fiber; 323 mg sodium; 429 mg potassium. Carbohydrate Servings: 1 Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 fat