Musings on the Sweet Potato
Way back in college, I took a class --as a senior-- called Plants & People. This class was predominately underclassmen with a few of us seniors hurriedly completing our gen eds before graduation. In P&P, we had to research plants. My final project was a 15 page paper on the cranberry. I admit the class was slightly a joke, but I truly enjoyed learning about plants that we generally consume and their botanical history. On one occasion, I clearly remember visiting our professor's home to sample sweet potatoes. I think it was the first time I actually tasted the yummy orange veggie.
Since our CSA (community supported agriculture) ended, I have been savoring the last remaining produce we received. Namely-- sweet potatoes. Surprisingly (and thankfully), sweet potatoes are high in beta carotene, an excellent source of vitamins A and C, folic acid, fiber, and are low in sodium. So while I gorge myself on roasted sweet potatoes, french fried sweet potatoes, sweet potato casserole and mashed sweet potatoes, I can't help but think that at least my pleasure is doing my body good.
Another reason I like the sweet potato is far less logical. It's down right romantic. They belong to the "Morning Glory" family. It's also a very reproductively healthy plant producing more food per acre than any other plant, including corn and Irish potatoes. See... I want to be a sweet potato.
This week marks one year since we found out we were carrying Pumpkin. Reproductively speaking, I'm VERY far from being a sweet potato. But each morning I do try to give God the glory for the great things He has done in my life. And hopefully, the sweet taste of His work in my life does bare nutritious fruit in children, in friends, in my sphere of influence. Until that work is complete, I'll keep eating sweet potatoes.