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  • #16
    Baking produces a moist sweet flesh through caramelization, steaming is drier and not as sweet.
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    • #17
      Originally posted by Special K View Post
      Does anyone think cooking method would make much of a difference? For what it's worth, I've only been steaming mine. I've never tried to bake them.

      I'm thinking I'll just have to go talk to a produce manager at one of these stores and see what they know and are able to order.
      Not sure if it makes a difference, but I baked mine.

      I've noticed that regular sweet potatoes taste better when baked in the oven rather than sort of steamed in the microwave. But I doubt that steaming would remove the sweetness.

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      • #18
        They are good sliced thin and fried until crispy in bacon fat.

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        • #19
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          • #20
            Originally posted by Markbt View Post
            They are good sliced thin and fried until crispy in bacon fat.
            What isn't?

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            • #21
              Also adding butter and cinnamon makes for a good sweet potato. Greek yogurt and hot sauce is another fav of mine. Baked, fried, any way works for me:-)
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              • #22
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                • #23
                  Based on the taro pictures I'm finding, I don't think the potatoes I bought before were taros. The ones I found had the same light skin as the ones in the MDA article, but had a light purple/white interior as opposed to dark purple.

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                  • #24
                    I looked for the purple sweet potatoes over the weekend. Unfortunately, they no longer have the kind that I bought in February. They did have something called purple yam, but they were pale skinned and seemed longer and smaller than I remembered. I bought one to try. These are the bland and dry ones that you're talking about. I don't remember what colored skin the other kind of purple sweet potato (the sweet kind) had, but I don't think it was super light colored. They were also larger than these light colored ones.

                    I bought that sweet one in mid-February so it's possible that it's seasonal and only available in the winter?

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                    • #25
                      Originally posted by diene View Post
                      I looked for the purple sweet potatoes over the weekend. Unfortunately, they no longer have the kind that I bought in February. They did have something called purple yam, but they were pale skinned and seemed longer and smaller than I remembered. I bought one to try. These are the bland and dry ones that you're talking about. I don't remember what colored skin the other kind of purple sweet potato (the sweet kind) had, but I don't think it was super light colored. They were also larger than these light colored ones.

                      I bought that sweet one in mid-February so it's possible that it's seasonal and only available in the winter?
                      I'm guessing it's a seasonal item. Regular sweet potatoes are in season during the autumn and winter months. For what it's worth, the first time I actually looked for a purple sweet potato this year was in late April, so it's entirely possible I had already missed the season for the sweet purple potatoes. I'll have to keep an eye out for them this fall.

                      If anyone has been able to find them this summer and/or has any more detailed information regarding the exact name of these potatoes or a specific place to order them from, please share.
                      Last edited by Special K; 06-18-2013, 09:07 AM.

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                      • #26
                        Originally posted by kitoi View Post
                        I get Okinawan's (light colored skin) from the Asian market.
                        Originally posted by kitoi View Post
                        The 1st group, sweet and creamy smooth. Have also had the 2nd which was a lot drier and not as sweet.
                        Are you able to buy the sweet/creamy ones year round? I'm starting to think this is a seasonal thing.

                        FWIW, I was able to get a produce manager to order some of the Stokes purple sweet potatoes. Apparently one of their distributors still has them in stock from last season. They aren't sweet/creamy, but they are better than the other dry ones I found.

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                        • #27
                          Originally posted by Special K View Post
                          Are you able to buy the sweet/creamy ones year round? I'm starting to think this is a seasonal thing.

                          FWIW, I was able to get a produce manager to order some of the Stokes purple sweet potatoes. Apparently one of their distributors still has them in stock from last season. They aren't sweet/creamy, but they are better than the other dry ones I found.
                          Seems like the sweeter ones are available spring/summer/fall, winter tend to be drier. Maybe due to being older?
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                          • #28
                            Originally posted by kitoi View Post
                            Seems like the sweeter ones are available spring/summer/fall, winter tend to be drier. Maybe due to being older?
                            I found a Japanese market in town and spoke to an employee there. She said the purple sweet potatoes they carry during the spring/summer months tend to be dry and flaky, but the ones they get during the fall and winter tend to be sweet and smooth. Apparently the same type of purple sweet potato yields very differently during different times of the year? She said I would need to wait until late September to try the smooth ones.

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                            • #29
                              There you go. Glad you figured it out.

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                              • #30
                                The woman at the Japanese market emailed me back a few weeks ago to let me know the purple yams they were getting in were of the darker variety. I went to buy some and much to my disappointment they were the same light lavender ones, not the dark purple ones that Mark and others have been raving about. They tasted exactly the same as the other ones I bought earlier this year.

                                Would anyone who can reliably find these be willing to send me some? I can pay cost + shipping, and can provide ebay refs if necessary.

                                After putting in this much trouble trying to find one of these I really just want to try one to see if they really are that good.

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