November's Harvest of the Month is Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes should be cured in temperatures around 85 degrees for approximately 7-19 days after harvesting in order to strengthen their skin and enhance their flavor. Sweet potatoes are root vegetables packed with Vitamin A and potassium. Ocilla, GA is home to the annual Georgia Sweet Potato Festival that has been celebrated since the 1960's. The festival is hosted by the Ocill-Irwin Chamber and includes a parade and cooking contests.
- Vitamin A: A medium sweet potato has over four times the recommended daily amount of vitamin A which plays a vital role in vision, bone development and immune function. Vitamin A is a fat-soluble vitamin, so be sure to eat your sweet potato with a little bit of fat, such as a drizzle of olive oil, to maximize vitamin absorption.
- Vitamin C: Sweet potatoes are a good source of vitamin C, which helps fight infections, heal wounds and absorb iron. A medium sweet potato provides 37 percent of your daily recommended amount of vitamin C.
- Manganese: Sweet potatoes are a good source of manganese, which helps maintain normal blood sugar levels.
- Fiber: Sweet potatoes are rich in fiber, which helps keep you feeling full longer. Fiber also aids in digestions. A medium sweet potato baked in its skin has 4 grams of fiber.