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What’s All Good about Sweet Potatoes?

It’s no mystery that here at McCain we’re pretty excitable when it comes to sweet potatoes. After all, we love our Sweet Potato Crinkle Cut and Plank Cut Superfries! We’re celebrating harvest season this month on the All Good Blog, so we thought we’d ask ourselves, what’s All Good about sweet potatoes?

 

First let’s start with a little sweet potato history:

The sweet potato we know and love is thought to have first originated in Central or South America. They’re not exactly new on the veggie scene– in fact, sweet potato remnants have been found in Peru that date back as far as 8000 BCE. We like to think that the next big step (historically speaking) for the sweet potato was when McCain introduced sweet potato products in 2008 (although we’re slightly biased).

Photo by Shel Zolewich
Photo by Shel Zolkewich

Now for a bit of nutrition: 

Sweet potatoes pack quite a nutritional punch. One medium-sized (130 grams) raw sweet potato contains more than a day’s worth of vitamin A, 12% of recommended daily fibre, 10% of daily recommended vitamin B-6 and more.  Sweet potatoes are also a source of carotenoids, which help boost our immune systems.

Sweet Potato Crinkle Cut Superfries and Plank Cut Superfries boast the benefits of sweet potatoes. An 85g serving of Crinkle Cut Superfries contains 30% of your daily vitamin A and 6% of your daily iron, plus they are cholesterol-free! Our Sweet Potato Plank Cut Superfries contain 16% of your daily fibre, as well as vitamin A, C, and more.

Photo by Shel Zolkewich
Photo by Shel Zolkewich

So where can you find sweet potatoes in McCain products?

We use specially selected sweet potatoes in our Crinkle Cut and Plank Cut Sweet Potato Superfries!

 

Looking for a way to dress up your sweet potato Superfries? Give this recipe a try:

Spicy mayo dip:

1/3 cup mayonnaise

½ tsp smoked paprika

½ tspn garlic powder

¼ tsp salt

¼ tsp hot sauce

Mix all ingredients together in a small bowl.

That’s it! Keep chilled until ready to serve.