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National Sweet Potato Month


When is National Sweet Potato Month?

National Sweet Potato Month happens on Thursday February 1, 2024.

National Sweet Potato Month: Savoring the Versatility of a Nutritious Gem in February

February isn’t just for Valentine’s chocolates and cozy winter nights; it’s also National Sweet Potato Month. This celebration is dedicated to the sweet potato, a root vegetable known for its vibrant orange color, sweet flavor, and impressive health benefits. Loaded with vitamins, minerals, fiber, and antioxidants, sweet potatoes are not just delicious — they’re a nutritious addition to any meal.

The Sweet Potato: A Culinary Star

Sweet potatoes are incredibly versatile in the kitchen. Their natural sweetness and starchy texture make them suitable for a wide range of dishes, from savory meals to sweet treats.

  • Roasted Sweet Potatoes: Simple yet delightful, roasting sweet potatoes brings out their natural sugars and creates a crispy exterior and tender interior.
  • Sweet Potato Fries: An alternative to traditional fries, they can be baked or air-fried for a crispy, guilt-free snack.
  • Mashed Sweet Potatoes: Swap regular potatoes with sweet potatoes for a flavorful twist on the classic mashed potatoes.
  • Sweet Potato Pie: This classic Southern dessert showcases the sweet potato in a spiced, creamy filling.
  • Sweet Potato Soup: Blend cooked sweet potatoes into a smooth, creamy soup that’s perfect for cold February days.
  • Sweet Potato Casserole: A holiday favorite that can be enjoyed year-round, featuring a sweet, crunchy topping over creamy mashed sweet potatoes.
  • Baked Sweet Potatoes: Baked whole and topped with a choice of toppings, from butter and cinnamon to more savory options like black beans and cheese.

Nutritional Powerhouse

Sweet potatoes are not just tasty; they’re also packed with nutritional value. High in beta-carotene, they’re great for eye health. They’re also an excellent source of fiber, vitamins A and C, and potassium, making them a beneficial addition to any diet.

Celebrating National Sweet Potato Month

  1. Sweet Potato Challenge: Try incorporating sweet potatoes into your meals in various ways throughout the month. Whether it’s breakfast hash, a lunchtime salad, or a dinner casserole, there’s no shortage of options.
  2. Sweet Potato Potluck: Host a potluck where guests bring different sweet potato dishes. It’s a delicious way to celebrate the versatility of this vegetable.
  3. Cooking with Kids: Sweet potatoes are kid-friendly and can be a great way to introduce children to cooking and healthy eating.

Sweet Potatoes Beyond the Plate

Apart from their culinary uses, sweet potatoes have other surprising applications. They can be used in DIY skincare treatments, like face masks, due to their high vitamin content.

National Sweet Potato Month is an excellent opportunity to explore and appreciate the wide range of flavors and uses of sweet potatoes. Whether you prefer them baked, mashed, roasted, or even in a pie, February is the perfect time to enjoy this sweet, nutritious, and versatile vegetable.

When does National Sweet Potato Month happen next year?

National Sweet Potato Month will happen on the following upcoming dates:

  • Saturday February 1, 2025
  • Sunday February 1, 2026
  • Monday February 1, 2027
  • Tuesday February 1, 2028
  • Thursday February 1, 2029


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