General Sweet Potato Info
There are many varieties of sweet potatoes; some of the more common ones are: Beauregard, Covington, Jersey, Jewell, Kotobuki (Japanese), and Okinawan (purple), Goldrush, Georgia Red, Centennial, O'Henry, and Evangeline.
Short Term Sweet Potato Storage
Do not store raw sweet potatoes in the refrigerator.
Keep unwashed sweet potatoes in a cool, dry location away from light to prolong shelf life; these are a good item to store in your pantry. They will keep for about 2 weeks.
Cooked whole or pureed sweet potatoes keep 1 week in the refrigerator.
Sweet Potato Long Term Storage
If you store sweet potatoes a cooler location, about 55 degrees F, they will maintain their freshness for a month.
Cooked, mashed sweet potatoes freeze well.
Sweet Potato Side Notes
Many people think a sweet potato and yam are the same vegetable; technically they are different. Sweet potatoes are members of the morning glory family, and originate from South America; they are a moister and sweeter vegetable than the yam. Yams are a member of the yam family (closely related to lilies) and originate from West Africa and Asia. Yams are drier and starchier than sweet potatoes.
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