The sweet potato is the official vegetable of North Carolina. It should come as no surprise, given that the state leads the country in sweet potato production.
This sweet-tasting root vegetable is filled with fiber and comes in a wide array of colors, but you probably recognize it best in vibrant orange.
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Sweet Potato Ginger Soup
Indulge in a nutritious, delicious soup recipe using N.C. sweet potatoes, while learning more about NC State research into their health benefits.
Michelle Estrada, family and consumer sciences agent with N.C. Cooperative Extension, shares a super simple – and delicious – sweet potato snack! Watch our latest In the Kitchen segment to see how she puts a delectable twist on a timeless favorite.
Sweet Potato Fries Recipe
2 large sweet potatoes
2 tbsp. cornstarch
2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
Sea salt and pepper, to taste
Optional herbs: rosemary, basil, oregano
Peel and cut into “fry size” strips. Soak in water for one hour, then rinse. Toss strips in cornstarch and arrange on baking sheet, lined with parchment paper. Drizzle olive oil over strips and sprinkle on salt, pepper and herbs of your choice. Roast in the oven at 350°F until crisp, about 20 to 25 minutes.