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    When to Plant Jerusalem Artichokes — Sunchokes

    Sunchoke tuber with sprouts for planting

    Jerusalem artichoke—also called sunchoke—tubers can be planted in the garden as early as 4 to 6 weeks before the last frost, as soon as the soil can be worked in spring. In mild winter regions, Jerusalem artichokes can be planted in autumn for a spring harvest. Jerusalem artichokes are perennial and are best planted in […] More

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    When to Plant Sweet Potatoes

    Sweet potato seedlings

    Plant sweet potato sprouts (called “slips”) in the garden 2 to 3 weeks after the last frost. Night temperatures must stay warmer than 60°F (16°C) and the soil temperature should be at least 65°F (18°C) for sweet potatoes to thrive. Start purchased slips or sprout your own about 6 to 8 weeks before setting sprouts […] More

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    Sweet Potatoes: Short-Summer Varieties

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    Sweet potatoes in 100 days! Sweet potatoes started from slips–rooted sprouts–purchased at the garden center or from a seed catalog can be harvested in about 100 days, even less. Short-season sweet potato varieties include ‘Beauregard’, ‘Centennial’, and ‘Georgia Jet.’ These three planted from slips will be ready for harvest in 80 to 90 days. Varieties […] More

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    Yukon Gold Yellow Potato

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    Yellow potatoes are well suited for boiling, steaming, mashing, roasting, grilling, and au gratin dishes. ‘Yukon Gold’ is a stand-out yellow potato with a buttery-tasting flesh that you will want to try mashed, steamed, in soups and chowders, or made into potato pancakes. Because the ‘Yukon Gold’ brings its own buttery flavor to the table, […] More

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    Potatoes for Cooking

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    Potatoes can be round, oval, and smooth. They can have rough skins or smooth skins, white skins, brown skins, red skins or blue skins. There are more than 3,000 varieties of potatoes. But when it comes to cooking, there are only three kinds of potatoes: high starch, medium starch, and low starch. When you are […] More

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    Potato Types and Varieties

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    Which potato? When it comes to cooking potatoes, choose your potato for the style of cooking you have in mind. Use high starch potatoes for baking, frying, and mashing. Use medium starch potatoes for steaming, baking, roasting, grilling, and au gratin dishes. Use low-starch potatoes for boiling, roasting, grilling, sautés, stews, salads, and au gratin […] More

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    Seven Ways to Cook Potatoes

    Mashed potatoes

    Potatoes are not fattening. Potatoes are high in fiber content and contain quality complex carbohydrates that will fill you up but not fill you out. A medium-sized baked potato contains around 90 calories, about the same as an apple. However, potatoes drenched in butter or smothered in gravy or the fat in the steak you […] More

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    How to Cook and Serve Taro

    Steamed taro roots

    Taro, also called dasheen, eddo, or cocoyam, is always eaten cooked. Taro can be steamed, boiled, fried, stir-fried, baked, and braised. It is often added to stews and soups where it absorbs fatty juices and serves as a nutty thickener. Taro is a starchy root vegetable that has a sweet, nutty flavor—a flavor and texture that […] More