Sweet Potato


Introduction

The tropical American vine, sweet potato (Ipomoea batatas) is in the botanical family Convolvulaceae.  Despite its name it is not actually a potato but a swollen underground root. Think of a plant that has a high food value, is easily grown, matures quickly, produces a lot of food for the planting space used, has good keeping qualities, and tastes nice. It sounds too good to be true. Yet the sweet potato has all of these qualities.

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BONITA

‘Bonita’ is a culinary delight and has quickly gained prominence in the marketplace and home garden. ‘Bonita’ was developed by the Louisiana State University AgCenter for the burgeoning white flesh sweetpotato market. Surprisingly most sweetpotatoes consumed in the world are actually white and not orange flesh; however, few varieties are suitable for baking.

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BURGUNDY

Burgundy is special. The deep red skin sets it apart from other varieties – a real standout in the grocery shelf, but the real difference is on the table. Burgundy was developed by the LSU AgCenter for the premium sweet potato market. An unusually deep orange flesh and smooth texture is complemented with high sugar content and excellent aromatic qualities to make for a superior flavor.

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BELLEVUE

Bellevue breaks new ground in yield performance and has the classic look of the Centennial variety. Bellevue was developed by the LSU AgCenter to fulfill many producer and consumer needs. The bright copper skin shows few blemishes and is unusually smooth. Yes, it is very different from the rose skin of Orleans and not easily mixed with other varieties in a grocery shelf, but the root to root, “cookie cutter” consistency in size and shape and smooth skin grabs attention and is worth a special spot on the grocery shelf.

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EVANGELINE

Evangeline is our premiere offering for the sweet potato connoisseur. Why do people eat sweet potatoes? Because they are sweet! Years of breeding at the Louisiana State University AgCenter has gone into developing a variety that has twice the sucrose (63 mg/g fresh weight, baked) as typical orangefl esh varieties.

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MURASKI-29

Murasaki-29 is like no other. The deep purple skin and brilliant white flesh sets it apart. Murasaki, which is Japanese for purple, was developed by the LSU AgCenter as a Japanese type sweet potato. Surprisingly popular and sold nationwide, Murasaki-29 has become the choice of producers, retailers, as well as a favorite of home gardeners.

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ORLEANS

Orleans’ is an exciting new variety developed by the Louisiana State University AgCenter – the originators of the world class ‘Beauregard’ variety. In many ways ‘Orleans’ is a twin to ‘Beauregard’ – and at the same time an improvement. The smooth light rose skin and deep orange flesh is indistinguishable from ‘Beauregard’ so retail customers are still drawn as before.

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