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Sweet Potato Day (Also known as National Tater Day)

Time for a tater, sweet style!  The first Monday in April is known as Sweet Potato Day. It’s also fondly referred to as National Tater Day.

This day is not the only day devoted to sweet potatoes in the lists of national days. February 22 is also celebrated as National Cook a Sweet Potato Day.

April is a month full of national days devoted to all sorts of food. Check out the full list of April national food days here.

Six sweet potatoes on a black background with the words Sweet Potato Day (also known as "Tater Day") written on it.

Sweet potatoes are a star in the national days list of foods. Not only is today celebrated in their honor, there is also a day called Cook a Sweet Potato Day on February 22. 

They also have entire months dedicated to them. November is Sweet Potato Awareness Month and February is National Sweet Potato Month.

For another vegetable inspired national day, be sure to check out National Spinach Day and National Artichoke Hearts Day.

Are sweet potatoes healthier than normal potatoes?

Sweet potatoes are a very versatile and popular vegetable. Many people use them as a substitute for normal potatoes.A plate with sliced and peeled sweet potatoes on it to emphasize the many health benefits of sweet potatoes.

While potatoes are lower in both fat and sugar, sweet potatoes have less calories and fewer carbohydrates. They also contain more Vitamin A and C. On the other hand, white potatoes contain more protein.

Sweet potatoes are a very rich source of fiber and included a load of minerals and vitamins, including iron, selenium and Vitamin B.

One of the best nutritional benefits of eating sweet potatoes is that they are high in beta carotene, an antioxidant that helps to protect the body against free radicals.

Sweet potatoes are also slightly lower on the glycemic index than normal potatoes, which is helpful if you are watching for blood sugar spikes.

Fun facts about sweet potatoes

If you love adding sweet potatoes to your diet, you may be interested in these fun facts.Sweet potato and yams with roots on a table next to a water glass.

  • Sweet potatoes and yams are not the same vegetable.  Yams are starchy edible roots that are orange in color. Sweet potatoes can vary from white to orange and even purple.
  • It takes 90 to 120 days for a sweet potato to be ready for harvest after planting.
  • Store your sweet potatoes in a cool and dry place.  Avoid the fridge, or you’ll end up with a hard center and sour taste.
  • The official vegetable of North Carolina is the sweet potato.
  • Sweet potatoes can be stored for up to two weeks.
  • George Washington grew sweet potatoes on his Mount Vernon, Virginia farm.
  • The sweet potato is considered a super food.

For another Food holiday in April, be sure to check out National Cinnamon Crescent Day.

Ways to celebrate Sweet Potato Day

How will you celebrate Sweet Potato Day? Here are a few ideas.

  • Spread the word on social media using the hashtags #sweetpotatoday, #nationaltaterday and #taterday. 
  • Plant a sweet potato vine in your garden. It is super easy to grow and makes a great ground cover.
  • Read Little Sweet Potato to your child. It’s a fun book about appreciating one’s self, bumps and all!

Recipes for Sweet Potato DayThe phrase "Sweet Potato Recipes" in orange over a collage of sweet potato fries, sweet potato home fries, and sweet potato muffins.

Of course, the best way to celebrate Sweet Potato Day is with a great tasting recipe.  Try one of these on for size.

Recipes for Sweet Potato Day (Also known as National Tater Day)

Sweet potatoes can be used in all sorts of recipes, from fries, to energy bites through to roasted vegetables and soups. If you are looking for some inspiration, try one of these tasty recipes

Pin this post on Sweet Potato Day for later

Would you like a reminder of this post for Sweet Potato Day? Just pin this image to one of your boards on Pinterest.

Watch this YouTube video to learn about more food days in April.The text "fun facts about sweet potatoes" in a rust color between a photo of a pile of sweet potatoes, and a photo of sweet potato leaves in the ground.

There are close to 2000 national days in a year. April has more than 150 alone. Check out the list of national days in April that we’ll be celebrating this month for more fun ideas.

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Wednesday 7th of August 2019

Will definitely try the vegan sweet potato curry, as a curry lover i find this dish interesting.

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