Harvest of the Month Information:
November: Sweet Potatoes & Citrus Fruits
Sweet Potatoes are a root vegetable, with a sweet taste packed with nutrition! Try them in sweet and savory dishes all year long..
USES AND TIPS
Select sweet potatoes that are firm, with smooth skin and free from cracks or bruises. Store sweet potatoes in a cool, dry place; do not refrigerate.
Sweet potatoes are very versatile. Try them baked, roasted or mashed for a healthy side dish. Substitute sweet potatoes for white potatoes in hash browns or potato salad, or bake sweet potatoes into muffins or pies. Sweet potatoes are a source of complex carbohydrates which are metabolized at a slower rate, meaning a steady release of energy.
• A medium sweet potato (5" long, 2" diameter) contains about 100 calories, no fat, and 4 grams of fiber.
• Sweet potatoes are in the Red and Orange Vegetable Subgroup.
• Sweet potatoes are high in vitamin A (good for your vision), vitamin C (helps heal wounds and fight infections), and a good source of potassium (needed for muscle and nerve functioning).
Georgia Facts about Sweet Potatoes:
- Sweet potatoes are in season in Georgia from August through November.
- Sweet potatoes are a warm-weather vegetable that need a long growing season; they grow well in Georgia!
Citrus Fruits includes oranges, lemons, limes, grapefruit, clementine, tangerine and many other fruits. Citrus fruits are nutritious and complement a variety of dishes, from entrees, side dishes and desserts.
USES AND TIPS
Select fruits with firm, smooth skin that are heavy for their size. Avoid those with cuts or soft spots. Store citrus at room temperature for 1-2 days or refrigerate for 1-2 weeks.
Oranges are a delicious and convenient snack, just peel and enjoy! Try adding orange segments to green salads or make a salsa to top chicken or fish. For an intense citrus flavor in recipes, use the zest of any citrus. The major citrus-producing states in the United States are Florida, California, Texas and Arizona. Florida is the largest producer of oranges.
• One small orange (2 ? inch diameter) counts as ½ cup of fruit.
• Citrus is fat free, sodium free and cholesterol free.
• One small orange contains 45 calories, no fat and 2 grams of fiber.
• Citrus is an excellent source of vitamin C (plays a role in wound healing).
Georgia Facts about Citrus Fruits:
- Citrus fruits grow in Georgia! Citrus is best adapted to the extreme southern and coastal area of Georgia.
- Satsuma is a variety of seedless mandarin orange.
- Citrus begins to ripen in Georgia around October and the season can go through February.
- Georgia grows Satsuma oranges and tangerines in Bacon, Lowndes, Irwin, Bulloch, Pierce, Clinch, Decatur, Thomas and Wayne counties.