‘Imo’ is Japanese for potato but the word also means uncool. I beg to differ. This is one hot potato.
I was introduced to a Satsuma-Imo potato by a dear friend who met me in a Whole Foods Market booth for lunch with a little brown paper bag. At the end of our soup and salad she opened the bag and out rolls a warm, deep red root vegetable? “Dessert?”, I thought. This still warm, sweet, creamy potato was sliced and handed to me with a grin.
I happened to have brought along my favorite maple almond butter to share. A light smear over the sweetest spud was indescribable. Layer on the fact that this vegetable grown deep in nutrient-rich soil is full of antioxidants, vitamins A, B and C and iron. One medium-sized sweet potato has 438% of your daily value of vitamin A (a white potato contains 1%.) Sweet potatoes are known for their ability to improve blood sugar regulation and prevent nagging sugar cravings.
A few tips for cultivating your ‘Imo’ potato:
The Satsuma-Imo traditionally heralds fall and winter but select Asian and local green markets are carrying them most of the year now. Sweet.
Originally published at medium.com