Dried ring apples. Sweet potatoes.
|Here’s a recipe for a side dish with zing! that will brighten any heavy meal and have your guests showering you with compliments.
2-3 lbs sweet potatoes, scrubbed
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prick potato peels and place in oven on a sheet of aluminum foil (to catch drips). Bake 20 to 40 minutes depending on size of potato. When tender to a piercing fork, remove and allow to cool while you prepare the cider and apples.
Make your own dried apples
|Sweet potato virtues
Very high in vitamin A in the form of beta-carotene (200 g will give you 65% of your daily needs)
Excellent source of vitamin C and manganese
Good source of vitamin B6 and dietary fibre
Source of potassium, iron, and copperGrowing Sweet potatoes
As a general rule, we cannot grow sweet potatoes in Canadian gardens (sigh). Over 90 per cent of them are grown in Africa or in the southern U.S. However, some people (mostly from the Maritimes), being adventurous and ever curious gardeners, have had luck growing them in large containers such as half barrels. The soil needs to remain above plus 10 degree C, so choose the sunniest and warmest spot possible and cover the soil with plastic mulch a few weeks before planting for greater assurance. To be successful, you need at least 100 frost-free days, because they have no tolerance at all for frost.
If you want to give it a try, start the plants indoors from a slip (a shoot from a sweet potato) which are available in Canada from suppliers such as Mapple Farms (www.mapplefarms.com in Weldon, New Brunswick). Plant them out about the same time you put out your eggplants and peppers (perhaps as late as early June). Plant the way you plant tomatoes, placing as much of the stem below ground as possible while still leaving a few leaves for photosynthesis.
Do not add nitrogen, however, sweet potatoes will benefit from a little wood ash. Start thinking harvest in late August. They don’t do much growing at soil temperatures below 18 degree C and will be harmed when the soil temperature falls to below 10 degrees C.
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