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Sweet Potato Murasaki

The white-fleshed sweet potato

Sweet Potato Murasaki
 
 
 
 

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Product information "Sweet Potato Murasaki"

White-fleshed sweet potatoes - which most people don’t realize – are grown extensively, and in Asia, for example, they are even more popular than the yellow and orange varieties. They have - not surprisingly - a slightly more neutral flavour; the variety Murasaki has a clear and intense nutty flavour. The less eye-catching colour means that the white-fleshed sweet potatoes are processed much like “normal” potatoes, for example, as a puree (or mashed).

Growing season: Murasaki requires 120-130 days until harvest
Growth/health: Resistant to nematodes and soil-borne diseases, little insect infestation; prefers light soils
Yield: Good yields, but the variety should not be planted too late (not after mid-May) if you want to achieve high yields
Tubers: Rather rounded shape, red-skinned, but with a very white flesh without beta-carotene
Flavour/use: Slightly lower sugar content, but has an intense nut flavour, closer to the flavour of potatoes

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

Tips

Cultivating in containers   Container cultivation makes sense using a container with a volume between 7-10 litres. Remember, though, that a sufficient volume is important in order to allow the tubers to develop freely. In addition, when planting the young plants, care should be taken that the roots are spread out well; otherwise, the pot-induced ring growth can lead to misshapen 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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