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Sweet Potato Evangeline

Ornamental and maximum sweetness

Sweet Potato Evangeline
 
 
 

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Product information "Sweet Potato Evangeline"

In our trials, Evangeline was the most profitable orange variety in 2015 - and it was also the variety with the highest ornamental value. It has beautiful, wine red shoot tips which, in addition to its usefulness, make it a valuable and versatile plant for gardens and containers.
 
Growing season: 120 days to harvest, can be cultivated even longer, then record large tubers grow
Growth/health: Healthy, slightly taller and more upright than other varieties
Yield: Very high, was the record variety in our trials in 2015
Tubers: Has the largest tubers of our varieties (record tuber weighed over 3 kg in 2015)
Flavour/suitability: Has the highest sugar content of all the reference varieties, 2-3 times more than the old standard variety Beauregard. For desserts, savory baked potatoes; can also be prepared in the microwave
 
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!

Tips

Growing in pots Pot cultivation makes sense in a container with 7-10 litres. Remember that it needs sufficient volume so that the tubers can develop freely. In addition, care should be taken when planting the seedlings that the roots are spread out nicely; otherwise, the pot-induced ring growth can lead to unshapely tubers.
 
  • 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

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