Sweet potato is the darling of many food tribes – gluten free, paleo, vegan, AIP, and Whole30 aficionados. One starchy vegetable can just do so much. And if you’re handy with a spiralizer? Really, just try stopping the super powers of a sweet potato.
When shopping, you’ll find two kinds of sweet potatoes – moist and dry. Moist sweet potatoes tend to be the orange-fleshed variety, sometimes called yams. They are sweeter, have a higher water content, and cook up creamy. On the other hand, dry sweet potatoes like the white or purple-fleshed potato are starchier and drier. They cook up fluffy and they’re better suited for recipes that use sweet potato as a binder.
When doing dazzling things in your kitchen with orange-fleshed sweet potatoes, be sure to invite fat to the party. Fat helps your body use carotenoids like beta-carotene, which gets turned into vitamin A.
As an homage to the sweet potato and a good reminder to myself, here are three strange and delicious things you can do you with the tubers hanging out in a wine box next to your fridge. Note: Never, ever store sweet potatoes inside the fridge – refrigeration will change how they taste. Room temp and away from light is just right.