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Getting high-quality purple sweet potatoes

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created September 13, 2012 at 11:22 AM

Purple sweet potatoes are pretty neat with their high antioxidant content and low fructose, but I'm wondering if anyone has actually found a good source for them. My asian market carries them sometimes, but the box indicates that they are from China and have been irradiated, and last time I got some, there were rotten parts. Has anyone else experienced this or found a good source, and where?

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on January 18, 2013
at 02:03 PM

Blah. I have no answer, but I clicked on this because I read it as "getting high - " and then "purple sweet potatoes." I was very interested to read about this, and utterly disappointed when I realized you meant high-quality. Damn.

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on January 18, 2013
at 07:15 AM

Originally the title and text of this question said "purple potatoes" instead of "purple sweet potatoes." In a comment below, the questioner says that he or she is talking about sweet potatoes, not potatoes. The plants are different and purple potatoes exist, so the original question was misleading. I just edited it to make clear that it's about sweet potatoes.

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on January 18, 2013
at 07:12 AM

Blur, I edited the title and text of your question to say "purple sweet potato" instead of "purple potato." As other people have pointed out, the two plants are different. Your question in its original form was misleading because purple potatoes exist.

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on January 18, 2013
at 07:10 AM

Blur, I edited the name and text of your question to say "purple sweet potato" instead of "purple potato." The two plants are completely different.

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on January 18, 2013
at 07:08 AM

Purple potatoes and purple sweet potatoes are different plants. You're apparently talking about sweet potatoes. If that's the case you should edit your question (including both the title and text) "purple sweet potatoes." This isn't a small mistake. The two plants are very different.

82166cc32b6cf26de33b69f58fb583b1

on January 18, 2013
at 07:06 AM

Purple potatoes and purple sweet potatoes from Asia are different plants. You're apparently talking about purple sweet potatoes. You should edit the name and text of your question to say "purple sweet potatoes."

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on January 04, 2013
at 01:31 PM

Thanks, all! I stopped getting them at the asian market for the time being, and kept an eye out for them elsewhere. To my surprise, they popped up at the new Trader Joes that opened up by me!

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on October 02, 2012
at 02:46 AM

Awesome, that just mean more for me.

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on September 30, 2012
at 08:15 PM

yes, I mean the Okinawan sweet potatoes. I think for now I am going to enjoy the local sweet potatoes from my farmer's market, but I do wish they grew around here!

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on September 28, 2012
at 02:49 PM

Yeah unfortunately fresh food does go bad if it sits long enough. unradiated purple sweet potatoes seem to be particularly at risk for this, I will do my best to get the freshest and largest I can. Another issue is size as it would seem that purple sweet potatoes dont seem to get as big as the Japanese or Garnett Yams. But man are they amazing tasting. PM me and I'll email my brother tonight.

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on September 27, 2012
at 07:13 PM

You are one lucky man. I also have had problems with the purple Okinawan sweet potatoes having rotten parts. I will take you up on your offer to ship them to me if it stands, lol.

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on September 18, 2012
at 02:20 AM

FYI, I was at the Fairfax Wegman's last weekend and they had purple potatoes.

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on September 14, 2012
at 12:46 AM

I've also seen them at Shaw's around the same time.

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on September 13, 2012
at 12:24 PM

I'm in Virginia. My Whole Foods doesn't carry them, and I see only orange-fleshed sweet potatoes at the farmer's market. You're lucky!

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9b0a4701e373d4dd13831cfb9b13f42d

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on September 27, 2012
at 03:12 PM

Do you mean purple Okinawan sweet potatoes, (see link below for pic) or simply purple potatoes? One is a tuber the other is a night shade and couldn't be more different. My brother is stationed over there and has been sending me Okinawan sweet potatoes, at my will.

Let me know and we can set something up, I can probably just ship them right to your door, as I cant seem to get enough of these. I eat about 1-2 per day.

http://www.downtoearth.org/health/nutrition/okinawan-sweet-potato-purple-powerhouse-nutrition

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(1042)

on September 27, 2012
at 07:13 PM

You are one lucky man. I also have had problems with the purple Okinawan sweet potatoes having rotten parts. I will take you up on your offer to ship them to me if it stands, lol.

9b0a4701e373d4dd13831cfb9b13f42d

(1677)

on September 28, 2012
at 02:49 PM

Yeah unfortunately fresh food does go bad if it sits long enough. unradiated purple sweet potatoes seem to be particularly at risk for this, I will do my best to get the freshest and largest I can. Another issue is size as it would seem that purple sweet potatoes dont seem to get as big as the Japanese or Garnett Yams. But man are they amazing tasting. PM me and I'll email my brother tonight.

C4ed6ba382aed2eefc18e7877999a5de

(1579)

on September 30, 2012
at 08:15 PM

yes, I mean the Okinawan sweet potatoes. I think for now I am going to enjoy the local sweet potatoes from my farmer's market, but I do wish they grew around here!

9b0a4701e373d4dd13831cfb9b13f42d

(1677)

on October 02, 2012
at 02:46 AM

Awesome, that just mean more for me.

82166cc32b6cf26de33b69f58fb583b1

on January 18, 2013
at 07:10 AM

Blur, I edited the name and text of your question to say "purple sweet potato" instead of "purple potato." The two plants are completely different.

82166cc32b6cf26de33b69f58fb583b1

on January 18, 2013
at 07:12 AM

Blur, I edited the title and text of your question to say "purple sweet potato" instead of "purple potato." As other people have pointed out, the two plants are different. Your question in its original form was misleading because purple potatoes exist.

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on May 31, 2013
at 06:50 PM

To Essie, I've noticed that the purple sweet potatoes are a "hit or miss" type item. I've had them before and they were just terrible! They were dry, not sweet, and some even rotted pretty fast. I've also had some that were delicious...super moist and sweet! I think it just depends on where they were distributed from and how old they are. Now that I've been buying them for a while I can usually tell if they're fresh or not, and I know the stores in the Atlanta area that carry good ones. I hope you give them a second chance :)

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on January 18, 2013
at 01:29 PM

I love Japanese Yams. I pick them up at the Asian Market when I can. I also like white Japanese Yams. They look very similar to a regular sweet potato with a reddish exterior, but they have a white flesh that almost looks like a regular potato, but they have a sweeter, cakey, taste similar to the purple Japanese Yams. I found those at my local Wegman's in Columbia, MD, and they seem easier to find than the purple ones, and are almost as good.

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on November 23, 2012
at 01:41 AM

I found, for the first time, purple sweet potatoes, at our local Sprouts store earlier this week. So to test them out I only bought 1 big tuber. They were quite pricey at $2.59 a pound! So yesterday I peeled it, cubed it and baked/fried them in coconut oil in a frying pan, alternating with a lid on. I added some Mesquite seasoning. The taste was underwhelming to put it nicely :-( very disappointing The outside was quite crunchy, the inside was kinda dry. Odd texture. Pretty color, sure. It tasted very bland. So yea not gonna buy those again! I love yams, sweet potatoes and blue potatoes though.

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on September 13, 2012
at 01:34 PM

In the north-east, you won't see Okinawan sweet potatoes at Whole Foods until early October. Wegman's also will carry starting soon.

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on September 14, 2012
at 12:46 AM

I've also seen them at Shaw's around the same time.

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on September 13, 2012
at 11:42 AM

Well, you don't say where you're at, but my local Whole Foods has them now and then here in Florida. They show up in my organic CSA when they're in season. I've had success just planting those and growing my own, also.

C4ed6ba382aed2eefc18e7877999a5de

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on September 13, 2012
at 12:24 PM

I'm in Virginia. My Whole Foods doesn't carry them, and I see only orange-fleshed sweet potatoes at the farmer's market. You're lucky!

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