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Anno Imo Potatoes
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Anno imos are round to oval and slender in shape. Their tough skin is a blend of red and brown hues and deep eyes can be found on its rough surface. Anno imos are best identified by their color changing flesh. When raw, the Anno imo is a pale orange, but when cooked it turns into a bright yellow. The Anno imo is known for its exceptionally sweet flesh and high sugar content.
Anno imo are available in the fall through winter.
Anno imo, also known as Annoimo and Anno, are a variety of Japanese sweet potato and a member of the Convolvulaceae family. Currently, sweet potatoes registered and sold as Anno imo are only approved for growing in Tanegashima, Japan, which is a tiny island off the Kagoshima prefecture. In order to be sold under the Anno imo name, potatoes must be grown in Tanegashima under strict cultivation guidelines and are inspected for flavor and sugar content prior to being released to the marketplace.
The Anno imo is rich in dietary fiber and vitamin C. It also contains a significant amount of potassium and vitamin E.
The Anno imo can be used in both sweet and savory preparations as a result of its high sugar and starch content. Baking and roasting will enhance its naturally sweet flavor. It can also be pureed and added to soups, stews, custards, tarts and baked goods. Their sweet flavor pairs well with butter, honey, walnuts, lime, chives, curry and warm spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg, cumin and clove. The Anno imo will keep for a couple of weeks when stored in a cool, dry, and dark place.
Many Japanese take pride in the Anno imo and believe that only soil and climate in Tanegashima can produce the rich and sweet taste the Anno imo is known for. In the cold winter months, food trucks and carts known as ishi-yakiimo and yaki imo can be found on the streets of Japan selling stone baked sweet potatoes such as the Anno imo.
After WWII Japanese soldiers returning home to the tiny island of Tanegashima, Japan, brought with them sweet potatoes from Sumatra. The name, Anno, came from the Anno district in Tanegashima where local farmers experimented with growing Anno imo for the first time. Anno imo were officially added to the registry of breeds in 1998.
Recipes that include Anno Imo Potatoes. One is easiest, three is harder.
|Cook Pad||Japanese Sweet Potato Rice|
|Cook Pad||Avocado and Sweet Potato Salad|
|Cook Pad||Daigaku Imo: Caramelized Japanese Sweet Potatoes|
|Cook Pad||Bento Daigaku Imo|
|Cook Pad||Anno Sweet Potato Bites|