Did you know? Sweet potatoes are native to Central and South America. They are one of the oldest known vegetables and are believed to have been consumed in prehistoric times as evidenced by sweet potato relics discovered in ancient Peruvian caves. Christopher Columbus is even rumored to have brought sweet potatoes back to Europe following his first voyage to the New World in 1492.
Sweet potatoes are a great tasting a nutritious addition to any meal and we’ve even been known to bake them until they’re tender then split them open and top them with brown sugar butter. That’s one great way to enjoy sweet potatoes but there is something new that we think you’ll love: Organic Baby Sweet Potatoes.
Melissa’s Organic Baby Sweet Potatoes are available in two unique varieties as well as a medley package containing four different varieties. These miniature sweet potatoes are delicious and nutritious and make a tasty garnish or a colorful side dish.
Find these great varieties of Organic Baby Sweet Potatoes in your local Heinen’s Produce Department:
Organic Baby Japanese Sweet Potatoes
Baby Japanese Sweet Potatoes have a dark purple color on the outside and cream colored flesh on the inside. When you cut them open, you expectations simply do not match up with what you’re seeing. They are sweet, through and through, with a just a hint of chestnut flavor. Bit fluffy and a little less moist than traditional sweet potatoes and yam, but if you are a sweet potato fan, these will definitely satisfy that craving.
Organic Baby Jewel Sweet Potatoes
These amazing vegetables are considered “The current Queen of sweet potatoes” with rich copper skin and deep orange flesh that is moist and tender when cooked, this is the go to potato for baking or casseroles.
Organic Baby Yam Medley
This mixed assortment consists of the organic Baby Jewel and organic Baby Japanese sweet potato varieties as well as Organic Baby Garnet and Organic Jersey Sweet Potatoes. Baby Garnet Sweet potatoes are named for their red-purple skin. They have bright orange flesh that is moist and pumpkin like when baked in a sweet potato pie or mashed. Baby Jersey Sweet potatoes are considered an “old fashioned” sweet potato with golden yellow or tan skin and creamy yellow flesh.
Sweet potatoes are an excellent source of vitamin A, in the form of beta-carotene. They are also a very good source of vitamin C, manganese, copper, pantothenic acid and vitamin B6. Additionally, they are a good source of potassium, dietary fiber, niacin, vitamin B1, B2 and phosphorus.
Cheesy Roasted Sweet Potatoes
1 package Organic Baby Sweet Potatoes, halved lengthwise
2 Tbsp. Olive Oil
Kosher Salt and Black Pepper
3 oz Fontina, grate (3/4 cup)
1/3 Cup Parmesan Cheese
Heat oven to 425. Rub the potatoes with the oil and season salt and pepper. Bake cut side down until golden brown and tender 18-22 minutes. Turn oven to broil. Combine the fontina and Parmesan in a small bowl. Turn the potatoes cut side up and top with the cheese mixture, dividing evenly. Broil until the cheese is melted and golden brown 2 to 3 minutes. Serve warm