Around the country this time of year, families are preparing for Thanksgiving, big box stores are getting ready for Black Friday, and sweet potatoes are popping up on tons of restaurant menus. Chefs love using these tubers to add color, flavor, seasonality, and texture to both sweet and savory dishes. Not only are these tubers versatile and delicious, they're also high in nutrients including complex carbohydrates, fiber, beta-carotene, potassium, and several vitamins.
How to choose them
Sweet potatoes seem sturdy, but they are actually quite delicate and need to be treated with care. The best sweet potatoes are smooth, free of bruises and without cracks in the skin. In general, smaller sweet potatoes are higher in nutrients than larger ones.
How to use them
As the weather gets colder, warm up with this hearty sweet potato soup that incorporates vegetables that are in season this time of year. Sweet potatoes are also a great alternative to use in dishes that traditionally focus on potatoes; try making sweet potato wedges, mashed sweet potatoes, or gnocchi. If you're celebrating Hanukkah next month, sweet potato latkes are a fun alternative to the traditional white potato version. Finish off your Thanksgiving meal with a sweet potato pie topped with homemade marshmallow meringue. Yum.
How to store them
Store raw sweet potatoes in the pantry or on the counter, not in the fridge. Although these tubers can sometimes last up to four weeks, plan on using yours within a week to ensure they are at their best.