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Sweet Potatoes of the Satsuma-imo Variety

July 6th, 2015 by Lila Steinhoff

Planted in the Herb Box

sweet potato plant

Sweet Potato Plant

Last fall, a friend of neighbor Bill Jacqie Jackson’s gave him a sweet potato plant to put in his window. It outgrew the window in a couple of months, so he planted it on the empty end of our herb box.

The vine filled the end of the box and had to be trained over the side of the box and onto the ground. Then we treated it with benign neglect until this morning when he decided to pull it up and see what grew.

A Pile of Sweet Potatoes

sweet potato harvest

Pulling Up Satsuma-imo Sweet Potatoes

It didn’t take too much effort to harvest the sweet potatoes. We took them inside for a quick wash, and yes, folks, all 12 pounds are from one plant started in a jar with a little water. I’m impressed.

Satsuma-imo Sweet Potatoes

Satsuma-imo Sweet Potatoes

I have never grown any kind of sweet potato before. Truth be told, I seldom eat them. Once a year or so, I will bake one and eat it with butter mashed into it. My neighbor will be in charge of cooking these.

Also, these did not look like any I had seen, so I had to do a little research. These appear to be a Japanese sweet potato called Satsuma-imo. If you want to read more about them, the Culinate website has all kinds of information from the history of it to how to cook this white-fleshed variety of sweet potato.


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