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Digeroo

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Stokes Purple Sweet Potato from Waitrose
« on: April 15, 2017, 17:25:58 »
Has anyone tried growing one?

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Re: Stokes Purple Sweet Potato from Waitrose
« Reply #1 on: April 16, 2017, 07:18:15 »
Not personally, but these folk do!
http://www.stokesfoods.com/product.htm
My thought would be that our climate does not match North Carolina, nor California
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Re: Stokes Purple Sweet Potato from Waitrose
« Reply #2 on: April 16, 2017, 09:36:57 »
We don't have a Waitrose down here, but they do look gorgeous.
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Re: Stokes Purple Sweet Potato from Waitrose
« Reply #3 on: April 16, 2017, 11:37:53 »
Actually they are rather dry in comparison to the orange flesh ones. 
The need lots of butter which defeats the object.
They are very similar to the Molokai sweet potato which comes from Hawaii.  There are some posts online which imply they are one and the same.  Seems the Molokai does ok in this country and can be found for sale.  They are expensive but I am tempted.
In the mean time I have two in jars of water hoping for slips.  If nothing happens in a couple of weeks I will simply eat them.
I bought a plastic cloche half price so they might take up residence.
The purple is supposed to be good for you so if you eat them you will live for ever!!!







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Re: Stokes Purple Sweet Potato from Waitrose
« Reply #4 on: April 17, 2017, 11:24:53 »
Digeroo...when you say the Molokai does ok in this country...are folks saying Southern plantingr polytunnel. We eat loads of Sweet potato and would like a stab at this.
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Re: Stokes Purple Sweet Potato from Waitrose
« Reply #5 on: April 17, 2017, 15:20:51 »
Good luck, I've tried sweet potatoes twice in the greenhouse and the results weren't worth the effort, growing only a few finger sized tubers :(

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Re: Stokes Purple Sweet Potato from Waitrose
« Reply #6 on: April 21, 2017, 11:01:29 »
Actually they are rather dry in comparison to the orange flesh ones. 
The need lots of butter which defeats the object.

A) They might be worth roasting (an easier fondant?) - I love roasted white fleshed ones - you get a superior roast potato. I hope they have more flavour than most blue potatoes (there are exceptions like Vitelotte Noire).

For me, the orange ones are pointless - they never taste as good as a carrot in the same recipe, I don't care if they are more healthy (probably not, actually), I'll compensate by eating carrots twice as often.  Squash/pumpkin is the same, though I like it shredded raw because carrots aren't at their best shredded (a bit stringy in coleslaw).

B) What's the object of eating less butter? All the current (& much more scientific) evidence points away from fats as being the real bogey.

It's looking more and more that even junk food (which I hate) does most of it's damage by making you eat less fruit & veg.

It also seems to make a lot of people less active (making poached eggs on toast seems to be more exercise than a lot of people want).

Cheers.

PS. It's not what you eat that kills you*. What's risky is not eating the good stuff:  (only true now that man-made trans fats are outlawed - pure poison).

I should add that to my signature, except there's not enough room.

*And sofas of course... as in the brilliant advert.

I'd also like to add that "Any policy based mainly on puritanism always, always turns out to be wrong".

And before you quibble I'd point out that exercise is FUN, though something of an acquired taste.
With a microholding you always get too much or bugger-all. (I'm fed up calling it an allotment garden - it just encourages the tidy-police).

The simple/complex split is more & more important: Simple fertilisers Poor, complex ones Good. Simple (old) poisons predictable, others (new) the opposite.

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Re: Stokes Purple Sweet Potato from Waitrose
« Reply #6 on: April 21, 2017, 11:01:29 »