Sweet potato variety has a reputation for its size
Monday, October 29, 2007
October may be the ideal time to harvest sweet potatoes, because when compared to ordinary sweet potatoes, several especially large ones have been unearthed recently.
Jesse Eaker, 81, of Cape Girar-deau, recently grew an 18-pound sweet potato.
Meanwhile, Nelson and Melba Huffman of McClure, Ill., grew a 20 pound bunch of the root vegetables. Other sweet potatoes have weighed in at five pounds apiece.
What the Huffmans's and Jesse Eaker have in common is the variety of sweet potato they chose to grow -- Beauregard.
Beauregards are known for their quick maturity, usually in 90 to 95 days. Growers harvested their potatoes in October after planting them in May. Reviews of the Beauregard variety included comments on their remarkable size.
Eaker, who said he got the flair for farming from his mother, fertilized them just once. He plans to save the potatoes for a family gathering for Thanksgiving.
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