Sweet potatoes

photo by Ashley Noonan


Sweet potatoes are a root vegetable with a long growing season, so it’s extra special when they do well in Iowa! Many people only know them as a Thanksgiving dish with lots of sugar, but they are also delicious savory. The greens are edible too!


If unblemished, sweet potatoes will last for several months in a cool, dark place. The greens will keep for a week or two in an unsealed bag in the fridge.


Sweet potatoes are great chopped and roasted alone or with other root veggies, shredded in salads, and in soups. Note that they are quite firm so they usually take longer to cook than regular potatoes. To save time on chopping, wrap the whole thing in foil and bake until easily pierced with a fork. The peels are edible but not to everyone’s taste.


  • Sweet Potato Salad
  • Use the greens like you would kale.
  • If you want to try them in a way that’s not topped with marshmallows but don’t know where to start, just use them as a replacement for carrots or winter squash.
  • Soup: try substituting them in your favorite creamy squash soup, or cube them and cook them for 30-40 minutes in any soup where you want extra nutrients and flavor!

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