Sweet potatoes are tropical vegetables that thrive in hot and humid growing conditions such as the southern US states and California. Rich, fertile soil offers the perfect environment for growing sweet potatoes.
Sweet potatoes plants are herbaceous perennial vines with heart shaped leaves, flowers that are similar to morning glories and tuberous roots that grow into sweet potatoes.
- American sweet potatoes are planted in May and early June through a transplanting process, which takes the delicate sweet potato seedling and plants it into rich, sandy soil.
- Harvesting begins in August or early September, after growing for over 100 days. They are handpicked – dug up from the ground by farmers in order to reduce damage to their delicate skin.
- After harvesting, the sweet potatoes are kept in their natural state and are brought to environmentally controlled warehouses where they undergo a curing process.