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Sweet Potato Bonita

The yellow-fleshed sweet potato

Sweet Potato Bonita

Lubera starts producing sweet potatoes

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Product information "Sweet Potato Bonita"

The sweet potato Bonita is wonderfully suited for baking or frying. Like the variety Burgundy, Bonita also needs only a very short cultivation time, and is therefore suitable for every garden and every form of cultivation. However, it is also recommended to cultivate this variety in containers or on fields in mounds: this simply ensures a higher yield and better quality sweet potatoes!

Growing season: Bonita needs 110 days until harvest
Growth/health: Resistant to nematodes and soil-borne diseases
Yield: Large and especially regular yields in our climate
Tubers: Consistent, elongated shape, pink skin, but gets lighter when stored, Bonita has yellow to pale yellow flesh, one could also call the colour “white with a yellow tinge”
Taste/use: High sugar content, with an intense nutty flavour; Bonita is the only white-yellow variety that is suitable for all uses, including being baked or fried

About Sweet potatoes / Ipomoea batatas

The sweet potato (Ipomoea batatas) is native to South and Central America and was already grown by the Aztecs and other American civilisations more than 500 years ago. In modern times, it took a detour through Africa and Asia where it was used as a commodity and today, it is the world's third most important root vegetable.
During the past 20 years in Central Europe, Ipomoea batatas was known mainly as an ornamental plant with beautiful flowers and foliage. The tubers of these plants were usually also edible, but they did not have the size or the flavour intensity that distinguish the bred varieties that are intended for crop production. In the last 5-10 years, the actual sweet potatoes have been growing in popularity amongst creative chefs and amateur cooks; in well-stocked supermarkets they can be found throughout almost the entire year. The tubers originate mostly from southern countries, from overseas, from Israel, from Spain and Italy. Growing the tubers in our region was considered not as rewarding, as the tubers’ growing season was too long, until recently...
This has now changed fundamentally with the latest varieties: they only need a vegetation period of 110 to 130 days and they are very productive in our Central European climate. We have tested various cultivation methods in our experiments at Lubera: it has been found out that using a mound planting technique for field cultivation (comparable with normal potatoes) and growing the tubers in containers are the most successful. The development of the roots and tubers benefits from the good aeration and rapid warming. Virus-free young plants that we had propagated via cuttings in May and June are available as a strong starting material in 1.3 L pots; they guarantee the reliable and rapid start of growth so that this originally “southern” plant can quickly become established and fully developed in the Central European summer and that each thermal unit can be converted to starch, flavour and fruit volume.
The sweet potato is considered to be the most complete vegetable. In addition to its high starch and sugar content, it is mainly the secondary ingredients that have meanwhile also led health researchers to this root vegetable. In the yellow and orange varieties, high levels of vitamin A and C are supplemented by carotenoids and anthocyanins. Abundant potassium and calcium strengthens bones and muscles; the large amount of fibre helps with digestion. In addition, sweet potatoes also contain high levels of folic acid, which show positive affects in early pregnancy. A substance called caiapo that has been discovered in the skin of the sweet potato is even said to reduce diabetes and cholesterol.
With all these health arguments it should not be forgotten why sweet potatoes represent a real asset to both our vegetable garden and kitchen garden: it is the new colours and rich, sweetish and full-bodied flavours that gets us excited about this root vegetable and make the now much easier cultivation even more profitable!T


Harvesting sweet potatoes   During the harvest in October, shortly before or after the first frost, care must be taken that the tubers are damaged as little as possible, thus ensuring the shelf life. After digging up the tubers, they should be carefully cleaned, then left for about a week in a warm room with up to 25°C. During this time, an outer cell layer forms which makes the long storage possible. The Ipomoea tubers are then wrapped in newspaper and stored, for example, in a slightly heated garage at 13-15°C. Note: sweet potatoes should be processed and cooked for the first time starting 2-3 weeks after the harvest. They need this time in order to develop the full flavour and convert starch to sugar.
  • Ripeness/Harvest Period September, October
  • Available May, June
  • Use greenhouses/winter gardens, for group plantings
  • Soil dry, moderately heavy, light, slightly alkaline, neutral, slightly acidic
  • Location full sun
  • Leaf Colour mixed/striped, black, green
  • Lubera Easy Tip Based on our experience in the variety tests but also in customer service, we have awarded this plant with the title “Lubera Easy Tip”. With this designation, we emphasise only those plants that according to our experience work (almost) everywhere; they are easy to grow and bear fruits or produce flowers quickly and without problems. These are plants that can be enjoyed immediately and without effort once planted.

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Jan 9, 2017

Sweet Potato Burgundy And Bonita (Bob Gibson)

What is the average yield of an individual specimen of both of the sweet potatoes? Although they have been developed for European climates would they do better in a polytunnel rather than outside?

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