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O'Henry Sweet Potatoes
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O’Henry sweet potatoes have a thin, off white to light tan outer skin and a white to creamy yellow interior flesh. Large in size the O’Henry typically yields tubers with a classic sweet potato shape, cylindrical and tapered, occasionally providing irregular shapes as well. When cooked they are creamy and moist, similar to that of orange-hued sweet potatoes, offering a sweet flavor laced with nuances of nuts and honey. O’Henry plants grow in a cluster like fashion and have heart shaped leaves which are edible as well.
O’Henry Sweet potatoes may be found year-round, but are typically harvested in the fall.
O’Henry sweet potatoes are botanically known as part of Ipomoea batata and are a member of the Convolvulaceae or morning glory family. O’Henry sweet potatoes are a light skinned and white fleshed variant of the orange beauregard sweet potato. Their success in the commercial marketplace has dwindled some in recent years as a new variety of white fleshed sweet potato known as bonita came onto the marketplace offering a more consistent shape and color, enhanced sweetness, and improved disease resistance.
O’Henry sweet potatoes offer vitamins A, E, C and B6 as well as potassium. Additionally, they offer complex carbohydrates and dietary fiber.
O’Henry sweet potatoes are extremely versatile culinarily speaking and can be used in both sweet and savory preparations. They can be used in traditional sweet potato recipes such as sweet potato pie, sweet potato fries, and candied sweet potato. The O’Henry sweet potato is touted for its excellent flavor and texture when roasted, baked, or boiled. Sliced thin and use in casseroles or a breakfast hash. Once cooked O’Henry sweet potatoes can be pureed for use in pies, soups, and sauces. Boil or bake then mash for a sweeter take on the classic side dish, mashed potatoes. To store keep O’Henry sweet potatoes in a cool and dark place, for best flavor use within 2 to 3 weeks.
Sweet potatoes, both orange and white varieties are a popular culinary root in the United States with North Carolina leading the way production wise providing nearly 40 percent of the nation’s supply.
O’Henry sweet potatoes were discovered as a white fleshed mutation of an orange-fleshed sweet potato variety known as beauregard. A relatively new variety the O’Henry was released to the commercial marketplace in the late 1990’s. Unlike classic Irish white potatoes which are grown from seed, sweet potatoes such as the O’Henry are initially planted using young shoots from the sweet potato root. These shoots, also known as “slips” ideally should be planted when the soil temperature has reached 70 degrees or above in the spring or early summer. O’Henry sweet potatoes prefer sandy, lightweight soils and will offer an ample yield provided they are given plenty of sun exposure.
Recipes that include O'Henry Sweet Potatoes. One is easiest, three is harder.