I'm experimenting with them and washed some and left some with the dirt on them. Some were huge and some were thin roots. A few were cracked which I have learned is because they got too much water at some point. They are supposed to be "cured" for a couple of weeks in a warm, humid area which allows the skins to toughen. Then they should be stored in a cooler place until you need them.
I bought a recipe book from Homestead Heritage which has useful information plus lots of recipes for them.
|I cut off all the big leaves first.|
|This left me with short vines so I could see what I was digging.|
|I used my hands and a trowel and fork to dig them up.|
|These were the various sizes.|
|With the dirt still on them|
|This was a huge one that I washed. It looked like a conch shell to me. (too much water)|
|Another large one|
|After "curing" them for a couple of weeks, I now have them laid out in the garage. (unwashed ones)|
|These are the washed ones laid out in the garage. I have them on some netting for air circulation.|
|The Homestead Heritage sweet potato recipe book|