We planted sweet potatoes for the first time this year and had a
bumper crop. I googled about how long they could be stored and got
answers ranging from three weeks to eight months. Has anyone had
experience with this?
I have been growing them for some years and trying various storage methods.
You need a cool dry place, not cold like a refrigerator but cool. I grow
them in summer and harvest in autumn when the frost has just knocked them
down or will soon. So they are dug about mid May. I still have some left
now which are OK. The weather is warming up for spring now so they will not
last much longer, they will either shoot or rot or both. So three weeks is
way too conservative and more than 5 months would require temperature
controlled conditions that I don't have.
My experience is much the same as Davids. If you do not have a cool storage
area, wash the sweet potatoes, bake in the skins and freeze in bags. I find
them to be good up to a year prepared this way.
Congrats on your crop, I haven't dug into mine yet but the vines have run
Amazing world is it not? I'd still stand with thinking of them as
spinach or malabar spinach.
I mentioned this to my wife, who feels that eating sweet potatoe
greens is going a bit too far. However, I plan to nibble a few this
weekend, just to see what they're like. If I like them, maybe I can
convince her to put some in the salad. Or at least throw them over the
fence to the sheep. And thanks to everyone for their storage
Amazing. I looked them up in wikipedia (with the usual caveat that the
error rate on wikipedia is lower than in printed encyclopedias) to see
how they are catagorized.
Before looking them up I thought they were with tomatos and potatos in
the nightshade family. Nightshade leaves tend to be toxic sometimes
It turns out the sweet potato isn't even in the same family as the
nightshades. It's in the same order but not the same family. Non-toxic
leaves commonly fed to livestock.
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