Last weekend we harvested some white skin and flesh sweet potatoes planted from tubers last November. I have no idea if it has other name or what variety it is. I bought the tubers from Gepps Cross Market. It is another new experiment in the garden and to satisfy this student gardener curiosity on growing them. See how different these white and red/brown sweet potatoes when laid side by side.
Before we harvested those white sweet potatoes the patch look like this. Now we have planted shallots and potato onions on this patch. This is the first time we are trying to grow them too. Hopefully they grow well.
This was the cut section tuber that had some eyes which sprouted young sweet potato shoots. Since it was kind of late for me to wait until they sprouted shoots to cut some slips, I just chuck in this tuber that seems to contain some eyes straight into the patch where I wanted them to grow in the warmest soil in the garden. Oh I know excuses, I was lazy. Surprisingly in less than 2 weeks young shoots have pushed it way out from the soil. Originally the tuber size was a quarter of the size from the tuber shown. It must have grown bigger. I noticed that some of my harvested sweet potatoes has big crack or split on it. Must be due to the gap of lack of water and many rains like tomatoes, just my assumption. Do you know why?
White sweet potato and red/brown sweet potato leaf shapes are very different you can differentiate them easily. On the left is red/brown sweet potato plant and on the right is white sweet potato. White sweet potato leaf are more maple-like whereas red/brown sweet potato leaf are like heart-shaped.
White sweet potato flower bud.
It was a nice surprise that white sweet potato plants produce flower in our garden whereas the red/brown sweet potatoes did not at all in any season. I did know that some sweet potato have flowers from one of this good vegetable gardening book I have read. But it was still unexpected to see them really bloom in our garden. You can even grow sweet potatoes from seeds if you managed to find them in between these heaps of leaf veins.
White sweet potato flower which resemble morning glory because they belong to the same family.
Unlike red/brown sweet potatoes which can be invasive due to their veins nodes can quickly sprouted roots to grow more tubers this way or new plants, white sweet potato plants does not have very visible nodes. So to satisfy my curiosity, I have cut some young shoots which look like have tiny nodes on it and put it in water to see whether any root will sprout. It is still in progress. Moreover the water might be cold now even indoors to sprout. It is possible this experiment will have to continue again when spring comes.
What does white sweet potatoes taste like?
Sorry, no idea this will be our first taste.
Since the gardener and cook have school, the tasting have to be postponed until this weekend.
I was thinking of frying it like pisang goreng (banana fritters).