Sweet potatoes

by | Sep 23, 2009 | Uncategorized | 1 comment

Ingredient Name:

Sweet potatoes

Traditional Chinese Name:

蕃薯 (gān shǔ)

Nature:  Neutral

Taste:  Sweet

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Sweet potatoes are one of my favourite sweet starches used in Chinese soups and desserts.  It’s versatile, readily accessible in most countries and cultures, and compliments nicely with most meats and simple Chinese herbs (such as red dates and longans).  It can also be served as a savory or a sweet dish, which means having some in the fridge all the time, makes soup crafting so much easier!  As well, as a side note, you can also use it in western dishes or as a side for dinner… and they have amazing shelf life!

How do I prepare it?

      • Wash thoroughly in cool water
      • Peel skin prior to use and remove ends
      • For soups, I will use larger cuts and for desserts, I will use bite-sized pieces

What is the cost & where to buy?

      • The price will range depending on the brand, type, and size of sweet potato, although they aren’t very expensive (unless you’re buying imported and if i do, it’s usually Japanese, but I’ve also found Hawaiian ones in Canada are also super delicious!)

Any benefits?

      • From a Traditional Chinese medicine perspective, sweet potatoes are neutral and blend nicely with all sorts of soups and desserts (both cooling and warming soups)
      • Sweet potatoes are extremely rich in beta-carotene, dietary fiber, Vitamin C and Vitamin B
      • They are a good source of simple starches
      • Choose orange fleshed sweet potatoes for a boost of beta-carotene over their paler counterparts
      • Sweet potatoes have amazing shelf life, usually a few weeks in the fridge if they are fresh

Any precautions?

      • Be sure to buy firm sweet potatoes with minimal softness (when it’s soft, it’s not fresh and may be end of shelf life)

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