According to the kids, purple sweet potatoes taste just like spaghetti squash. I disagree. While they’re both sweet, they couldn’t be more different in texture. We settled into our familiar pattern: Emma loved it, Lauren tolerated it with a smile on her face, and Sam was completely disinterested. I actually prefer these sweet potatoes to the traditional garnet yams which are a little too cloying. If you haven’t branched out and tried different varieties of sweet potatoes, now’s the time.
ME: OK, so we’re going to try something that looks like this….
ME: It’s actually not a potato. Well it’s not a regular potato. OK, it’s starting to drip everywhere!
ME: What does it look like?
LAUREN: Well bigger than a regular potato. And it’s purple.
ME: What color is it going to be on the inside?
ME: Pinkish yellow.
ME: It’s purple. I’m going to give each of you a little spoon of it. Emma, you’re first because you’re a really good taster. What do you think?
LAUREN: It tastes like noodles.
EMMA: I really like it, it tastes like doodle soup.
ME: Like noodle soup? Yeah, it kind of has a starchy flavor doesn’t it.
LAUREN: It tastes like the potato noodles.
ME: What are those?
LAUREN: Remember when you scooped the noodles out?
ME: Oh, the spaghetti squash. I guess it has a similar flavor.
LAUREN: It’s called Sensivility.
ME: Thank you. What does it taste like?
EMMA: Can I have more?
ME: Lauren you want more too?
ME: But you had two bites already. I’m really impressed. And Sam is about to taste his first bite.
SAM: I don’t like it.
ME: High five for trying. Good job buddy.
LAUREN: I didn’t get a high five.
ME: Well you get a high five for other things. Guys, you didn’t even ask what this vegetable is.
LAUREN: What is it?
ME: It’s a purple sweet potato.