Doubled pleasure with sweet potatoes

Sweet potatoes are a marvelous garden crop – from one planting two nutritious, edible harvests are produced. Sweet potato tubers have some of the highest Vitamin A content of all vegetables and stems and leaves are packed with nutrients.

Not only are sweet potatoes super nutritious, they also make an exceptional rotation crop as they are a member of the Convolvulaceae, or morning glory, family; if the greens are not wanted as an edible, they make a terrific organic amendment when tilled into the soil at the end of the season.

Freshly harvested sweet potato tubers with leaves and stems still attached. Sweet potato greens and tubers are both nutritious powerhouses, packed with vitamins and minerals. Two crops from one planting is a great use of garden space.

The specific epithet of sweet potato, Ipomoea batatas (ih-pom-OY-ee-ah ba-TAH-tas), comes from the Greek ips, which means “worm” and homoios that means “resembling”. The species name batatas, is the Haitian name for sweet potato that reflects its Central and South American origin.

Sweet potatoes are tuberous, tender perennials. They are one of the last crops of the summer garden to be harvested since tubers require up to 120 frost-free days to mature.

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