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Sweet potato

Sweet potato can be used in many preparations

Sweet Potato Group - Product photo

The shape may look a lot like the regular potato, but sweet potatoes deserve a place of their own on the menu, if only for their flavour. Compared with regular potatoes, they taste a little sweeter and milder. The somewhat fibrous flesh varies in colour, but is usually orange.

Sweet potatoes are sometimes called yams in the United States. Hundreds of varieties are available. They differ in shape as well as colour. Sweet potatoes can be prepared in the same way as the 'regular' potato, making it a highly versatile vegetable in the kitchen.

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Storage advice

  • Transport and storage: Sweet potatoes retain their taste and freshness at a temperature between 10 and 12°C.
  • Shop Present sweet potatoes on your regular fresh produce shelf.

Varieties

Evangeline Sweet Potato - Product photo

Evangeline

Recognisable by its red skin and deep orange flesh.

Beauregard

Variety with red-orange skin and deep orange flesh.

Covington Sweet Potato - Product photo

Covington

Potato with a pink skin and deep orange flesh.

Orleans Sweet Potato - Product photo

Orleans

A slightly rounder potato, also with deep orange flesh

Our sweet potatoes are grown in:

The United States, Honduras, Costa Rica, Spain, the Netherlands, South Africa and Egypt

Growing and harvesting

At the grower's

Sweet potatoes originate from South America. Nowadays, they are an international crop. Nature's Pride sources them from the United States, Honduras, Costa Rica, Spain, Egypt and from its home soil, in Limburg. Sweet potatoes appear to thrive in the sandy soil and the higher temperatures of the province of Limburg. Sweet potatoes are a root vegetable that grow underground. The tubers are sufficiently developed for harvesting around 120 to 130 days after planting. The sweet potatoes are then given some time to rest, about 5 to 11 days, depending on the quality of the harvest. Sometimes the skin may get damaged during harvesting. Thanks to the resting period, the tubers recover of their own accord.

During that time, the starches develop into sugar, giving the tuber that pleasant sweet taste. Then the process of brushing, sorting and packaging starts, before the sweet potatoes are shipped to Nature's Pride. This is done in large bulk boxes, giving us the opportunity to check the quality during packaging. After that, our packers divide them into more consumer-friendly units.

Sweet potato - Growth & Harvesting

Sorting sweet potatoes

As of 2020, Nature's Pride's packaging process has been thoroughly optimised. With the commissioning of new machines, we are strengthening our grip on the quality of sweet potatoes. We are also raising the quality bar with the introduction of an additional inspection round after receipt from the supplier and before shipment to the customer.

Storage conditions are very important for sweet potatoes. Maintaining the correct temperature and humidity prevents damage such as aging or drying out. Sweet potatoes are only packed customer-specifically on the day before loading. This makes it possible to guarantee and test the quality. This improved control of the fresh food chain translates into optimal quality and less waste on the customer side.

Sweet potato - Sortingprocess

Recipes & preparation tips

Sweet potato fries, sweet potato hasselbacks or sweet potato as an ingredient in a brightly coloured vegetable salad: the possibilities with this fibre-rich tuber are unlimited. The sweet potato is also very versatile in terms of preparation methods. Deep-frying, sautéing or boiling, anything is possible. Sweet potatoes are also popular as a meat substitute. It even has surprising uses in desserts. The sweet potato does not require much preparation: peel and cut into slices or cubes.

Sweet Potato - Recipes & Preparation Tips

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