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sweet potatoes

Bethany Bachmann
County Engagement Specialist


This handout provides information regarding sweet potatoes in your diet.


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  • Selecting
  • Storing
  • Preparing
  • Recipe


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Sweet potatoes nutrition facts.

Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes are in season September to December. Vitamin A, potassium, magnesium, and fiber are some of the nutrients found in sweet potatoes. Vitamin A is an antioxidant that may help reduce your risk of developing heart disease and certain cancers. Potassium plays a critical role in maintaining blood pressure and magnesium is responsible for helping build and maintain strong bones.

Choose small to medium sized sweet potatoes that are firm. Look for those that have smooth skin without bruises or cracks.

Store sweet potatoes in a cool, dark place. Length of storage varies based on storage conditions.

Gently scrub dirt from the surface while running under cool water. Sweet potatoes can be cooked with or without the skin. Possible cooking methods include roasting, baking, steaming, boiling, grilling, sautéing, and frying.

Recipe of the Month
Sweet Potato and Apple Bake (Recipe adapted from MyPlate Kitchen)


  • 3 ½ cups of boiled sweet potatoes, drained and cut into bite sized pieces (reserve
  • 2 TBSP of cooking liquid)
  • 2 cups peeled apples cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 2 TBSP packed light brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup chopped pecans
  • 2 TBSP flour
  • 2 TBSP unsalted butter, melted

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Add sweet potatoes and apples to the baking dish.
  • Pour 2 TBSP of sweet potato liquid over the mixture.
  • Mix brown sugar, nuts, flour and melted butter together and sprinkle over the top.
  • Bake for 25 minutes until the top is golden brown.