We bought the original plants 2 years ago and planted them, but then had a terrible, horrible, very bad gardening year and ended up with, literally, one little tuber about the size of a walnut. One of my garden fairies (I have TWO now) told me to plant it in a pot to keep it alive. I did, placing it on the windowsill in the kitchen. It grew, at last and I started taking "slips" off of it and rooted them in a little jar of water. I ended up planting just 3 of them in the sweet potato bed and they did very well!
Here is a photo from the website to show you what they look like:
I find them to be relatively dry, and not as sweet as the usual orange sweet potatoes, but they make up for that in their nutritional punch! That deep purple color tells you that they have LOTS more of the wonderful phytonutrients that are in blueberries.
Yesterday, I steamed some of them and then made a pie. Here is my pie. As it bakes it puffs up and that is what you see here, but after it begins to cool, it sinks back down.
Sweet Potato Pie
(I used purple sweet potatoes. You can use the orange ones, of course.)
1 pound steamed sweet potato (I put mine through a ricer, you don’t have to do that – mine was purple, but the orange kind would work just fine.
½ cup butter, softened
½ cup honey
½ cup milk
½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 (9 inch) unbaked pie crust
Steam the sweet potatoes,cool a little, take off the skins and break them up into a bowl. Add the butter and mix well with mixer. Stir in honey, milk, eggs, nutmeg, cinnamon and vanilla. Beat until nice and smooth. Pour into unbaked pie shell.
Bake at 350 F for 55 – 60 minutes until knife inserted in center comes out clean. It will puff up and then will sink down as it cools.
CRUST – use a pastry cutter to work in the lard.
About ¾ cup whole wheat flour and ½ cup all purpose flour
1/3 cup cold lard
½ teaspoon salt
I did not give you the method for making the crust here, just the ingredients. If you have a question about the method, please comment and ask!