I can't remember my parents planting sweet potatoes, but we lived next to an aunt that grew a huge patch of them every year, and I suppose that is where ours came from. She was known for her ability to grow "slips" or sweet potato plants from a tuber saved from the last year's crop. One year we were helping her harvest her half-acre patch, and there were bushels and bushels of them. My cousin had just gotten her senior high school ring, and she lost it that afternoon among all those sweet potatoes. Several people searched for hours, pouring those sweet potatoes from one bushel basket to another until that ring was found. We proclaimed it a miracle akin to finding a needle in a haystack.
Sweet potatoes have kept countless generations of people from going hungry. They can be baked whole in ovens or on hot fireplace coals, mashed and fried and made into casseroles that show up on my table for every holiday meal. Sometimes, you can even make biscuits from them!http://www.blogger.com/blogger.g?blogID=6040080131675190209#editor/target=post;postID=4764346285438297433
And what's not to love about a vegetable that can be made into a pie?