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Students On Stage
Waccamaw Elementary School students participate in the theatrical production of "Nicholas
Nickelby" on Nov. 2, presented by the Connecticut-based theatrical company the Hampstead Players,
which tours the southeastern and southwestern United States. Pictured (from left ) are David What ley,
actor; Terry Chestnutt, assistant principal; A manda ttland, sixth-grade student; Matthew Wright, fifth
grade student; and Sean Quinn, actor.
You Can Cure Sweet Potatoes At Home
Nothing smells better or whets the
appetite more than the aroma of bak
ing sweet potatoes on a cool autumn
evening^ A slice of com bread, a
howl of steamed collards, and a
baked sweet potato is a healthy and
delicious meal 71* sweet potato is
nily a Tine food, although often ma
ligned by those not knowing all of
its outstanding qualities.
Native to the tropical Americas
the sweet potato <lp?mo<-a batatas)
root has found a secure place in the
economy and culture of North
C arolina. The sweet potato is a
member of the morning glory family
(mv<>l\ulai eae), a relationship that
is quite obvious when the viny habit
of the plant and the moming-glorv
like flower arc observed North
( arolina grows more sweet potatoes
than nearly any other state
Some of our northern neighbors
refer to the sweet potato as the yam.
but this is incorrect Yams are a dif
ferent species of plant that arc typ,
y g??wn in the tropics There is
no comparison in eating quality
yams are quite dry and starchy in
comparison with the sweet potato
ror serious sweet potato lovers, here
a few tips to make those com
plex carbohydrate-filled roots better
Sweet potato harvest starts in late
September and continues up until
frost. Special care must be taken
when digging sweet potatoes to
avoid damaging the tender outer
skin. Broken or bruised potatoes arc
especially susceptible to soft rot
when stored improperly.
l-ong-term storage of sweet pota
toes requires that the roots be cured
In large commercial operations, spe
cial bams arc constructed which al
low the temperature and humidity to
be closely regulated A temperature
of 80 to ?#) degrees Fahrenheit and a
humidity of 85 percent is near opti
mum for curing Roots remain in the
curing barn until they develop a
tough, leathery outer skin
Properly cured sweet potatoes
have higher sugar content, store for
a longer period of time and can be
shipped with minimal loss Curing
sweet potatoes will also allow the
foot to heal any damaged areas re
ceived during harvest
Hie curing of sweet potatoes can
easy be accomplished by the home
gardener with a little extra care.
Sweet potatoes cure best when
spread out on newspaper in a area
that allows good air circulation.
Separate and spread out freshly har
vested potatoes and prohibit them
from touching each other.
Depending on the conditions, natur
al curing will normally occur in two
to live weeks.
Periodically check and remove
any roots showing signs of rot.
Areas that can be suitable for curing
sweet potatoes include the attic.
basement or outbuildings. Oncc
sweet potato roots have developed a
tough outer skin, they can be gently
transferred to an open basket and
stored for winter.
Optimum storage for sweet pota
toes is different from nearly any oth
cr fruit or vegetable. Sweet potatoes
store best at a temperature of 55 de
grees and a relative humidity of 50
to 70 percent A pantry or basement
will usually provide satisfactory
conditions, but a bare earth root cel
lar is best. Roots should be disturbed
as little as possible, since handling
increases the spread of soft rot and
other storage diseases. Do not allow
your cured sweet potatoes to freeze.
For additional information on va
riety selection, growing and storage
of sweet pirtatoes. check with your
county Cooperative Extension
Scrvicc or send me a self -addressed
Send your gardening questions or
comments to the Plant Doctor, Box
IW, Bolivia NC 2X422.
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Calabash Acres Yard Chosen
The home of Thomas and Marge Stockner, 1136 Charlotte Ave., was named November " Yard of the
Month" in Calabash Acres. Their well-groomed lawn features a variety of flowers and shrubs; the
backyard faces a fishing pond.
The Right Place at the Right Time
come and see why at our face-to-face reception
November 2 1
301 North Water St.
7 pm - 9 pm
Free food, fun, and door prizes for hi%h school juniors, seniors, and their
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