Even more versatile than potatoes, plus it’s purple, and doesn’t lose its unusual colour when it’s cooked!
Tubers can be grated raw into coleslaws and the leaves when cooked have a spinach like flavour. Plant out in May, harvest in autumn. Latin Name: Ipomoea batatas.
Traditionally sweet potatoes have been grown from ‘slips’, but quality can be poor and results disappointing. At Suttons we have been working to supply a better product, and hence the introduction of Super Plugs, produced on our nursery from virus-free stock. Well-rooted and actively growing, they are a significant improvement on traditional ‘slips’. Simply pot and grow on in a frost-free environment until June, then either re-pot or plant into the garden and you should be harvesting your very own sweet potatoes next autumn!
James' says - 'Amazingly versatile and increasingly popular, the new varieties of sweet potato can be easily grown in the UK and produce a crop of sweet tender tubers with the added bonus of delicious edible leaves!'