It's Not Easy Being Green

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"It's not easy being green."


That quote is attributed to Kermit the Frog, but the same can be said for sweet potatoes.  It's not easy being a green sweet potato.


Take a look at the picture above. Can you tell which sweet potato is green and which has been cured?


Let me give you some hints.  A green sweet potato is one that has been dug and harvested within the last few days.  It has thin, delicate skin which is easily damaged.  It has a shorter shelf life and is not as sweet as a cured sweet potato.  A small percentage of all sweet potatoes dug each year are sold "green".


Most sweet potatoes are cured.  Curing helps "set" the skin so it is tighter and heal cuts.  Sweet potatoes continue to convert starch to sugar after harvest so a cured sweet potato will be sweeter.  It will also have lower starch content.  Shelf life is increased.  I'll talk more about how sweet potatoes are cured in a future post.


Have you figured out which sweet potato is green and which is cured?  Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.