This is a purple sweet potato recipe roundup for all of us purple sweet potato lovers and for those who are curious as to what you can make with purple sweet potatoes. I’ll link savory purple sweet potato recipes and sweet purple sweet potato recipes. I hope this list will give you a good idea of what is possible and a whole lot of recipes to try with those delicious purple sweet potatoes! Let’s begin with this purple sweet potato recipe roundup…
Maybe you are growing purple sweet potatoes in your garden, or maybe you came by them at a market or heard about them from a friend or saw a picture on social media and you are curious…
Whatever the reason is that led you here, I hope that this post will give you a better idea of all the delicious recipes you can make with purple sweet potatoes.
There are so many great ways to use purple sweet potatoes, you can use them in both savory and sweet dishes. I wrote a few recipes using purple sweet potatoes here on the blog that I will link to below but I haven’t tried nearly as many as I would love to try.
Especially the sweet ones! Purple sweet potato ice cream? You know this has to be interesting.
Purple Sweet Potato Recipe Roundup…
My journey with purple sweet potatoes started at a farmer’s market here in NC a few years ago. Once a year or so, I’ll make the hour and fifteen-minute drive to the State Farmer’s Market down in Raleigh.
It’s a huge place with a lot of local farmers and crafters. It’s far and we have plenty of farmers to buy from here in our rural area where I live so I don’t go to the big market often. But during the growing season, I’ll go at least once for two reasons…
The first is to get fruit and vegetables for canning. I get boxes of ripe tomatoes for my canned tomato sauce or apples for my apple sauce and apple cider vinegar for example. Sometimes, it’s just too hard for me to grow enough for both fresh eating and canning so I’m happy to support other farmers and buy some of the vegetables I need from them.
And fruit… I grow watermelons and cantaloupes and strawberries, but there are many fruits that I don’t have in my garden yet. In addition to fresh fruit, we eat jams, and canned fruit, and drink smoothies… We use a whole lot of fruit and I love getting as much as I can of it locally so that definitely justifies a trip to the big farmers market where I can get stuff by the crate.
The second reason why I make the trip once a year is that for me it’s like an educational trip. I always come across a variety of fruit or vegetable that I didn’t know about. I can buy a little bit of the new thing and try it out and if I like it, I can add it to my garden plan for the following year and try to grow it myself.
A few years ago, I noticed a vegetable that I’d never seen before. I asked the farmer what it was and he said that it was a purple sweet potato. Honestly, I didn’t know that there was such a thing.
Of course, I bought a few to try.
But then I got home and placed them in the pantry and with crates of fruit and vegetables that needed to be canned and I completely forgot about the purple sweet potatoes!
Months later, before the next growing season, I tried to sprout a regular sweet potato so I could plant its slips and grow sweet potatoes but the thing would not sprout! It was too late to place an order for slips and I couldn’t find them locally. Then I suddenly remembered that I had those purple sweet potatoes from the farmers market in my pantry.
I placed a couple of them in water and within days they sprouted and slips started growing like crazy!
That year, I planted those slips and grew a whole crop of purple sweet potatoes. And this is how my affair with this vegetable started. Since then, I’ve been growing them on and off, sharing slips with other gardeners, and trying different recipes… I love purple sweet potatoes!
How do Purple Sweet Potatoes Taste?
If you’ve never tried a purple sweet potato before you might be surprised the first time you try it…
First, it’s not as sweet as the orange sweet potato that is more common. Second, it’s also not as moist as the orange sweet potato.
This might turn away some people but I want to encourage you to give it a try. It really is somewhere between a regular potato and a sweet potato. It has that gentle sweetness to it that can change a bit depending on how you cook it.
I find that my baked purple sweet potato tastes sweeter than my roasted sweet potatoes. Sometimes you can also add sweetness if you like. For example, I add some maple syrup to my mashed sweet potatoes.
Purple sweet potato is also very dense. It’s creamy and very filling. One serving will literally fill you up for hours.
This also changes a bit depending on how you cook your potato. I find that roasted purple sweet potato is a little on the dry side so I add a garlic dip to go with it. In my mashed purple sweet potatoes, I sometimes add cream or milk or sour cream to make it a bit lighter.
Purple Sweet Potato Nutrition…
These potatoes are not only pretty, easy to grow, and taste good… They are also very healthy!
Purple sweet potatoes are low in carbohydrates and fat and are a great source of fiber and vitamins like vitamin A and C.
They are also a great source for calcium and potassium, but maybe the greatest health benefit of purple sweet potato is their richness in antioxidants. In fact, they have higher antioxidants capacity and anti-radical kinetics in them than blueberries have!
The bottom line is, this is a really great addition to anyone’s diet.
Where to Buy Purple Sweet Potatoes…
I show you exactly how you can grow your own purple sweet potatoes in my Growing Purple Sweet Potato post. You really don’t have to have a huge garden to grow them, a raised bed will do or even a large container.
However, if you’d like to try them but can’t grow them, or if you want to try to grow them but having a hard time finding slips to purchase and you need a potato to sprout I would recommend a company called Frieda’s that sells Storkes purple sweet potatoes by the box.
They have an option for organic potatoes and their product is great. At some point in my journey of growing sweet potatoes, I decided to grow the orange potatoes instead of the purple ones for a little bit. When I wanted to go back to growing the purple sweet potatoes I purchased a box of organic purple sweet potatoes from them and sprouted it to get slips that I could plant.
I was very happy with the box of potatoes they sent me so even though you might be able to find these potatoes locally I wanted to link to them here in case you need an online option for purchasing purple sweet potatoes.
Purple Sweet Potato Recipes…
Ok, let’s get to the purple sweet potato recipe roundup now!
I’ve collected 42 recipes for us to try; 21 savory recipes and 21 sweet recipes. They all look delicious! I haven’t tried them all so in many cases the words in the description of the recipe are the author’s words, not mine. Just keep that in mind.
I’ll list savory recipes first and then it’s dessert time! Again, there is a total of 42 recipes here, my friends. That’s a whole lot that can be done with this amazing crop.
If you try any of those recipes I’d love it if you come back to comment here and let me know what you thought about it!
Ok, let’s get to it…
Sweet Purple Sweet Potato Recipe Roundup
Oh my, you guys… I am seriously hungry right now.
I have to be honest and say that before I started putting this purple sweet potato recipe roundup together I didn’t think that I’d find so many purple sweet potato recipes online to link to.
Maybe it’s not a super popular potato, but one thing is for sure… Everyone who tries it falls in love with both the taste and the color.
It truly is so much fun to find a 100% healthy food that is also soo beautiful and makes every dish so vibrant with color and beauty.
I am completely in love with this veggie and I hope that after seeing all these recipes you are going to give it a try.
If you already have your hands on purple sweet potatoes, chose a recipe and start cooking! Let me know what recipe you chose and how you liked it.
Lady Lee is a single mother of four, she was born in Israel and raised in an agricultural commune called a Kibbutz. From a very young age, she was very interested in agriculture and farming.
She is a former IDF fitness trainer and is passionate about simple, natural living. She now lives in NC with her four kids, dog, cat, goats, ducks, and chickens.