Japanese Sweet Potatoes
Inventory, 40 lbs : 5.00
This item was last sold on : 05/26/17
Japanese sweet potatoes have a dark reddish-brown to rose-colored exterior skin. Their skin additionally has small eyelets, while the inner flesh is a creamy white to pale yellow in color. Offering a slightly nutty flavor, the Japanese sweet potato has hints of chestnut and a drier, starchier texture than other sweet potato varieties.
Japanese sweet potatoes are available in the late summer through the winter months.
Japanese sweet potatoes are botanically known as Ipomoea batatas and a member of the Convolvulaceae family. Also known as Satsuma imo today their name has gone through a series of changes as they made their way across Japan. Originally known as Kansho in China their name changed first to Karaimo when they arrived in Okinawa, then to Karaimo after traveling to Kagoshima Prefecture, and when they made their way to the Amami Islands lastly to Satsumaimo or simply Satsuma as they are often referred to in Japan today.
The nutritional value of the sweet potato is principally used as a source of carbohydrates though it does provide a small amount of protein, thiamin, and vitamin C as well.
Japanese sweet potatoes have long been a staple food source in Japan and can be found prepared in a variety of ways. Sliced into sticks or rounds, they are popularly served tempura style. They can be steamed, pureed and added to cakes and pies. Sliced thin they can be made into chips or prepared au gratin style. Roasting Japanese sweet potatoes should be avoided as it tends to dry out the already naturally dry tuber. Their consistency and texture are best in preparations where the potato is steamed or boiled first. In Japan during the cold winter months, a popular food available from many street vendors are whole Japanese sweet potatoes steamed skin on and served simply as is. To store Japanese sweet potatoes keep in a root cellar or a cool and dark place. Depending upon maturity of the Japanese sweet potato when purchased and on the conditions they are stored in they will keep anywhere between a few weeks to a month.
Japanese sweet potatoes have not only long provided an important source of food in Japan, but they also have been used since the 1700’s to make the popular beverage, shochu. Second to rice and grains, Japanese sweet potatoes provide a base ingredient from which to make shochu. Japanese sweet potatoes are also an important part of the Tsukimi or Otsukimi festival honoring the fall or harvest moon. During this time, seasonal fruits and vegetables such as Japanese sweet potatoes are used as an offering to the moon.
Sweet potatoes and white potatoes first made their way to Asia via Spanish and Portuguese explorers coming from South America, first to China then to Japan in 1605. Similar as when first introduced to Europe the potatoes were originally grown almost exclusively as feed for horses and for their colorful blossoms. By the seventeenth century however, both potatoes had begun to catch on as a source of food in Japan. In fact, the Japanese sweet potato is believed to be responsible for sustaining the country’s population during the Kyoho famine of 1732. Sweet potatoes provided a valuable source of calories and sustained a dense population growth throughout the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Today Japanese sweet potatoes remain a popular food source and are enjoyed throughout the country. Additionally, they can now be found in specialty markets occasionally in parts of Europe as well as the United States, particularly in the state of Hawaii.
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Santa Monica Farmers Market
Specialty ProduceNear Santa Monica, California, United States
About 65 days ago, 3/25/17
Spotter's comments : Japanese Sweet Potatoes spotted at Santa Monica Farmers Market. Mid season from Milliken Family Farms.
Ocean Beach People's Organic Food Market Near Coronado, California, United States
About 146 days ago, 1/03/17
Spotter's comments : Japanese Sweet Potatoes spotted at Ocean Beach People's Organic Food Market.
Bear Foods, Chelan WA Washington, United States
About 421 days ago, 4/03/16
Spotter's comments : I spotted organic Japanese Sweet Potatoes at Bear Foods, Chelan WA!
PCC Natural Markets
PCC Natural Markets - FremontNear Seattle, Washington, United States
600 N 34th St, Seattle 98103
About 447 days ago, 3/08/16
Spotter's comments : Japanese Sweet Potatoes spotted at PCC Natural Markets. Popular boiled, the Japanese Sweet Potato is the sweetest of ALL yams ;)
Cold Storage Near Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
About 619 days ago, 9/19/15
Spotter's comments : Japanese Sweet Potatoes spotted at Cold Storage. Fresh Japanese Sweet potato grown in Malaysia
heb plus schertz Near Selma, Texas, United States
About 623 days ago, 9/14/15
Spotter's comments : Japanese Sweet Potatoes spotted at heb plus schertz.