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Keeping it sweet in Spain

PUBLISHED: December 8, 2012 at 11:00 am  •  LAST EDITED: December 10, 2012 at 9:59 am
Features, Food & Drink  •  4 Comments

Keeping it sweet in Spain

• Sweet potatoes were introduced to Spain by Christopher Columbus in 1493

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SWEET potatoes have been the focus of a new campaign to celebrate the birth of this root vegetable in Spain.

A two-day event hosted by Velez Malaga Town Hall’s culture department has celebrated the history, dietary benefits and culinary versatility of this starchier alternative to the traditional spud.

Sweet potatoes were first brought into Spain by Christopher Columbus from the island of Haiti, when he returned from his first voyage in 1493.

While originally cultivated in Sevilla, the climate there was found to be not quite right and production was soon transferred to the Axarquia.

If you are not familiar with this delicious root vegetable, high in vitamins B6, C, D and also minerals iron and magnesium, try this easy recipe to get you started.

You will be pleasantly surprised!


Easy sweet potato fries

You need:

3 large sweet potatoes, 1/4 cup olive oil, 1-2 tbsp sugar, 1 tbsp salt, 1-2 tbsp spices of your choice (smoked paprika, Chinese five-spice, garam masala, fajita seasoning etc)


1 Preheat oven to 450F (220C)

2 Peel the sweet potatoes and cut off the ends. Cut the potatoes in half lengthwise and then, if they are very long, in half crosswise. Cut each piece into wedges

3 Put the sweet potatoes into a large bowl and add the oil. Mix well to combine. Sprinkle with salt, sugar and spices of your choice. Use your hands to mix well, so all pieces are coated with oil and spices

4 Spread the sweet potatoes out in a single layer on a baking sheet; the oil they are coated with should keep them from sticking to the pan

5 Bake for a total of 25 to 30 minutes. After the first 15 minutes, remove the baking sheet from the oven and turn over all of the sweet potato pieces. Return to the oven and bake for another 10-15 minutes, or until they are well browned. Let cool for five minutes before serving

Yield: Serves 4-6 as a side dish

Tip: Try to cut them evenly so they all cook at about the same rate

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Tony Bishop

December 9th, 2012 9:18 am

I would love to “try this easy recipe” but I cannot find it.


December 9th, 2012 6:38 pm

Tony: you’ll find the recipe on page 41 of the O.P. online edition

Tony Bishop

December 9th, 2012 7:21 pm

Ok, thanks very much, stefanjo.

Now I will go in search of page 41. It is a pity that it did not appear on this page, but maybe it was an initiative test in disguise.

Web Manager

December 9th, 2012 10:01 pm

Tony – we’ll try and get that uploaded tomorrow. There is no one in the office today!

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