The Rich Tradition of California Sweet Potatoes Farming Dates Back to Early 1900s

California has a long standing tradition of sweet potato farming, dating back to the early 1900s.
The sweet potato is a great vegetable that can be prepared in a million different ways.

Its nutritional content, ability to grow happily in dry and warm conditions, and its relatively long shelf life makes it a crop that many growers, consumers and chefs love to see!  The sweet potato has many different variations in color, texture and nutritional content of its meat.  Although most consumers only know of the orange Jewell sweet potato, cooks at home and in the restaurant are now celebrating the diversity and opportunity that the sweet potato offers the kitchen!

California has a long standing tradition of sweet potato farming, dating back to the early 1900s. The climate, soil conditions and heritage of sweet potato farming all play together to allow California a higher level of access to fresh sweet potatoes and a greater ability to enjoy different recipes the vegetable can be used in.  The Sweet Potato festival, put on by the California Sweet Potato Council, has grand goals – in fact, they would like to have the following, brand and turnout that the Garlic Festival has.  Events like a record-breaking sweet potato dish, cooked all day and unveiled on the Food Network, brought publicity to the 2013 festival.  Designed to be enjoyed by sweet potato fans of all ages, there were more than seventeen vendors who had incorporated the versatile and delicious sweet potato into everything from ice cream to vodka.

While North Carolina and Mississippi produce more sweet potatoes per acre than California does, the California climate and the very traditional growing style of most sweet potato farmers lend the sweet potato a better upbringing, and the quality of the food is definitely higher.  When sweet potatoes are turned into vodka, for instance, the quality of the output is dependent upon the health of the vegetables.  The Sweet Potato Spirits created by the Souza family on their five-generation deep farm are some of the best examples of vodka and liquors that can be found anywhere.  The fact that they are distilled from the sweet potato just makes them taste a lot better!   At the 70th anniversary of the annual Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of America conference, World Spirits Competition hosted by Tasting Panel Magazine held in San Francisco, thirty three judges awarded the Souza family a double gold medal for their premium sweet potato vodka.  

The sweet potato vodka does fine on its own, at room temperature, and it makes a significantly tastier sipping drink than most people associate with vodka.  However, sweet potato vodka is also at home as a mixer and cocktail recipes based around the beverage abound.  One of the nicest might be the Sweet Potato Pie Martini, which brings dessert to the martini glass in a delicious way.

Sweet Potato Pie Martini:

1/8 Cup Crushed Pecans

1/8 Tsp Ground Cinnamon

½ Tbsp. Brown Sugar

Corbin Sweet Potato Vodka

Heavy Cream

French Vanilla Creamer

Ground nutmeg (to taste)

Combine the dry ingredients in a bowl. Pour 1/8 cup French vanilla creamer into a shallow bowl. Dip the rims of the martini glasses into the plate of creamer, then dip into the plate of dry ingredients.

Fill a shaker halfway with ice. Add 1 part vodka, 1 part heavy cream and 1 part vanilla creamer. Shake vigorously. Strain into rimmed martini glasses. Sprinkle with nutmeg.

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City: Atwater
State: California
Country: United States