TIP OF THE DAY: Murasaki Japanese Sweet Potatoes
 Murasaki sweet potatoes from Japan, a variety now grown in California (you can buy seeds from Burpee).
“As sweet as sugar.” That’s what we thought when we first tasted murasaki sweet potatoes.
The next day we ran out to buy some (at Trader Joe’s).
With an attractive violet-colored skin (murasaki is Japanese for violet) and a pure white interior [photo #1] we didn’t realize we were eating mashed sweet potatoes (they were peeled) until the first bite.
If we had been cooking, we’d have added the peel for a new take on skin-on mashed potatoes.
The murasaki, which is grown in California, has a sweet, nutty, full-bodied flavor.
A medium potato (five inches long) is 120 calories, and is fat and cholesterol free.
It has 500% DV of vitamin A, 40% vitamin C, 18% of potassium, 16% dietary fiber, 6% iron, 4% calcium and 2% sodium.
If kept dry and cold, murasaki potatoes will remain fresh in the fridge for three weeks.
STOKES PURPLE FLESH SWEET POTATOES