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Daily Crack – History of the Sweet Potato

Just a few things you might not know about our famous potato.

– Sweet Potatoes are a tuberous root.

– They were the main source of nourishment for American homesteaders and soldiers of the Civil and Revolutionary Wars.

– The American Indians were growing Sweet Potatoes long before the arrival of Columbus.

– Columbus brought the sweet potato back to Spain who then started exporting them to England.

– They are very healthy and full of vitamin A & C as well as potassium, calcium, and iron.

– Sweet Potatoes were first grown in Central and South America about 5,000 years ago.

– George Washington grew sweet potatoes on his farm in Mt. Vernon.

– With their skin left on a sweet potato has more fiber than a bowl of oatmeal.

– The sweet potato helped Scarlett O’Hara to keep her 19” waist.  Her nanny fed her sweet potatoes before going out so she wouldn’t get fat on party foods.

– They don’t like refrigerators.

– Sweet Potatoes are a part of the Morning Glory family.

– Sweet potatoes are good baked, mashed, or fried, and are also made into cookies, pies, soups, and chips.

– James Taylor wrote a song called  “Sweet Potato Pie.”  Below is a link to an old video of James Taylor performing his song.

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