Thursday, March 18, 2010

Sweet Potatoes


Just before Thanksgiving we went to this U-Pick farm in Tattnall County to get sweet potatoes for our holiday meals.


We were able to drive right to the field. I'm saying this because some people don't know that sweet potatoes grow under the ground. The plant blooms and then starts dying back and after that the potatoes are dug out of the ground (before the first frost) I borrowed this picture from Wikipedia.


These were all just waiting to be picked up! Have you ever seen so many taters?


The Little Package went right to work.

These two "sweet taters" had fun filling our bucket. (I helped too) We had sweet potato casserole for Thanksgiving and Christmas. We had baked sweet potatoes, fried sweet potatoes, sweet potato pudding, sweet potato souffle, sweet potato pie, sweet potato bread, candied sweet potatoes, sweet potato cookies and sweet potato fries...well you get the picture!

Sweet potatoes are not only good but they are good for you! Georgia used to be second in the USA in sweet potato production but I think they fall way back on the list now.

26 comments:

Dick said...

Wow, you can use them for a lot of things. U-pick farm sounds very funny, so far I haven't seen a sign like that here.

Dick said...

I can't believe I was the first to comment and the second also, lol

Andrea said...

woah!...so many sweet potatos and they're big..third comment is mine :)..ei..would be nice to have how to videos on this sweet potating harvesting...i bet it would be fun to create

imac said...

I like to mash the sweet potato with the ordinary potato.

Rose said...

Goodness, no, I have never seen that many sweet potatoes. We used to raise them, but just enough for us.

Vagabonde said...

I never had sweet potatoes until I came to this country. I like them a lot – I usually make a dish at Thanksgiving which is called Tipsy Sweet Potatoes. They are cooked then you pour a sauce made with Bourbon on them and sprinkle with pecans. It’s really good.

Judy said...

Wow so many sweet potatoes. We tried growing some last year and didn't have any luck. We're trying again and hopefully we'll get some.

Rick said...

YUMMMMMMY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Happyone :-) said...

That sure is a lot of sweet potatoes and so many ways to make them. I love sweet potatoes!!

Your EG Tour Guide said...

I wish we could grow sweet potatoes here. Well, some people do...but they are not the same, I fear.

Neal said...

That's a lot of potatoes. I can remember my mom having a sweet potato vine growing in a jar because she thought the vine was pretty.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Oh how neat, Dot.... I LOVE sweet taters.. We eat them alot --in lieu of bakers!!!! I have never been somewhere to pick my own. How special is that. Thanks for sharing.

NO--have not seen that church near Desoto... That must be interesting also. Tell me more. Where is it?

Hugs,
Betsy

JunieRose2005 said...

Dot,

What an interesting post!!

Looks like your little one was having a good time!!


So...you all had a lot of good eatin' for awhile!

Cindy said...

Hi Dot. Just checking in. I haven't blogged in quite a while. I've been busy with school and I think I just needed a break. Hope to be back soon. I might post a photo tomorrow.

Love those taters!! And that pig is huge.

Cindy

Paulie said...

What a deal! I would have been there too! Don't forget you can also make french fries out of them too --- sooooooooooooooooooo good!

Malyss said...

I did not know it was possible to cook so many things with sweet potatoes!!even cookies?!...Here we have U-pick farms for apples in autumn.

AVCr8teur said...

This looked like fun and taters as far as the eye can see! I love sweet potatoes. How many pounds did you pick to make all those delicious meals? :) I've only picked cherries before and would've loved to tried this.

Kahshe Cottager said...

I have never seen sweet potatoes growing. What a bumper crop of them! We grow ornamental versions as vines in our hanging baskets in the summer.

Anil P said...

Must be great fun to actually pick sweet potatoes from the fields.

Does Georgia grow other crops now instead of sweet potato?

Becky and Gary said...

Yum, yum, I love sweet potatoes. I'd love to find a field like that. We grew some one summer and they were wonderful!
B.

Craver Vii said...

I love sweet potatoes! Nice to see you back again, Dot. :-)

Carletta said...

Those look way better than what I've found in the supermarket here.
Sweet Potato Casserole - yum!!

So glad you dropped by and if I haven't said it it's nice to have you blogging again.

Skeeter said...

Gee, I did not realize how many different ways one could cook sweet potatoes! Sounds like you got your tater fix this winter…

Tom said...

I'm sure you enjoyed them all Dot no matter how they were cooked...
Nice to stop by here and say hello again Dot....
Your very own Sweet Potatoe from England...
Tom

Snapper II said...

dot, I realy missed your blog. Glad youre back. I love sweet taters to, "Sweet potatoe Souffle" is my favorite. My daughter-in law makes it for almost every family gathering we have. She puts Pecans in it. Yum, Yum.

imac said...

I like em too, great captures.

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