I grew up only knowing and eating the white sweet potato with purple flash, the most commonly found sweet potato in South Africa. I had no idea that there was orange sweet potato out there. I only got introduced to the orange sweet potato when I started working. That meant I could shop at more expensive retailers like Woolies that try and stock a wider variety of fruits and vegetables.
The orange sweet potato has a different taste profile than the white sweet potato with purple flash and regular potatoes. However, it still blows my mind how they all root vegetables but taste entirely different.
Orange sweet potatoes, with skin, are a source of:
- Beta-carotene, which your body converts to Vitamin A (107% of the Daily Value (DV))
- Antioxidant called Chlorogenic acid
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin B6
- Vitamin B5
- Vitamin E
There is a reason why it's called 'sweet' potato, and that's cause it is naturally sweet. Unfortunately, in South Africa, we have this terrible habit of adding sugar to things already sweet like sweet potato, pumpkin, butternut, etc. Don't do that. Instead, add a little oil to sweet potato and air-fry, mash, or bake it. Here is my favorite way of eating my orange sweet potato, lace chip style:
- one tsp Coconut oil
- salt to taste
- Ground pepper to taste (optional)
- One orange sweet potato
- Mandoline slicer
- Wash and slice the orange sweet potato, with the skin on, into pieces as per the picture below.
- Add orange sweet potato to a bowl.
- Drizzle coconut oil over the sliced orange sweet potato.
- Season to your liking using salt and ground black pepper, and make sure seasoning is distributed equally by using your hands to coat sweet potatoes evenly.
- Add the seasoned & oiled sweet potato to your air fryer and fry at 180 degrees C for about 20 minutes. Check on your chips halfway to make sure nothing is burning. To make your sweet potatoes crisper, keep them in the air fryer for longer.
- Serve immediately to retain the crispiness.