We love our sweet potatoes, especially in autumn. Mississippi soil and weather offer prime growing conditions for this vitamin A-packed vegetable. Lately, I’ve explored the pretty purple sweet potato, also known as ube (pronounced “ooh-beh”). Have you seen them? They are just as nutritious and taste just as rich as their orange-hued cousins. The flavor of ube is slightly nutty, and tends to be a bit sweeter than traditional orange sweet potatoes, which is why you’ll find it used more often in dessert recipes. The vibrant purple color of ube will stop you in your tracks once you see it. These vegetables are infinitely Instagrammable and look like so much fun to eat! If you can find them, try them out in Sweet Potato Tarts.
If not, orange sweet potatoes will not disappoint. Carotene-imbued foods, such as carrots, pumpkins and sweet potatoes, remind us of the warmth of light. Harvest time is full of nostalgia and bonfires to rekindle traditions and ties to each other. We love to decorate with pumpkins. Maybe it’s a reminder of the harvest moon itself.