a. growing yams at home
Growing sweet potatoes is easier than growing regular potatoes.
Store-boght sweet potatoes should be soaked overnight to remove the growth inhibitor that prevents them from sprouting. Organic sweet potatoes should not have the growth inhibitor.
Unlike regular potatoes, sweet potatoes have a thin-vining ground-hugging growth, (Pic3)
Pic1: sweet potato
Pic2: dark-leafed shoots growing
Pic3: bright-leafed shoots
- Place a sweet potato variety you like on top of dirt.
- When the shoots are 6" long, break them off at the base.
Pic4: break off shoots, root in water
Pic5: plant in pots to strengthen
Pic6: plant in ground
- Place the shoots in water to let them root.
- When rooted, plant in pots and place outdoors to strengthen the plant.
- When twice as large, plant in the vegetable garden.
While it is possible to grow sweet potatoes in containers, don't expect big tubers.
- Harvest before 1st freeze.
- Spread the tubers on the floor to dry.
See also boiled potatoes:
Pic7-9: boiling sweet potatoes
- Peel the sweet potatoes.
If not, poke holes through the skin to prevent it from exploding.
- Cut in smaller pieces, or don't.
- Boil until soft: large whole yams = 25 minutes, 1" cubes = 12 minutes.
- Serve. Enjoy.
see mashed potatoes.
Pic10: skin-on boiled sweet potato
Pic11: peeled, sliced
- Boil first until very soft, then mash into a smooth puree.
- Optional: add marshmallows and bake.
Similar to baked potatoes.
baked sweet potatoes
- Bake at 350 ºF. until soft.
A knife or fork should push in with very little resistance.
- Optional: add butter.
- Serve and enjoy.
sweet potatoes on the internet
Pic5: boiling yellow sweet potatoes
Pic6: making mashed sweet potatoes