Lovely Purple Sweet Potatoes

I recently realized that these last few months have been pretty incredible. I watched my husband train for several hot Summer months to compete in his first marathon in October. Sometimes, during training, he would be gone for hours putting feet to pavement. He dedicated his marathon to the 26 lives lost at Sandy Hook Elementary School last December. I can’t help but think about his experience at the scene of that tragedy. How I wasn’t there to see what he saw so that I could better understand the depth of what he and so many others have been dealing with every day since. The truth is, I didn’t need to see to understand: It’s about support and respect day in and day out.

We have been navigating through life together for just over five years now, and I can say with great certainty that I am grateful to have someone who is quick to volunteer his time and be strong and present in others’ times of need. I’m grateful he has the ability to let go of the tough things he has experienced by way of a positive and healthy outlet so that he can be present at home. Running is therapeutic and – if there is anything I am sure of – it’s important to have time with yourself to reflect and move forward. We all need it, we all deserve it. Speaking of, I really need to get my butt to hot yoga more often this winter…

Go CSP!!
Go CSP!!

Who’s a proud Wifey?!

See!! 26.2 - WHAT!?!
I am, see!? 26.2 – WHAT!?! Oh, and he completed a 196.2-mile Ragnar relay (his legs totalled 23 miles) through the Adirondack’s just two weeks before the “big day.”

It’s now November, with Thanksgiving next week, and this month seems as if it is slipping away like those that came before. Thankfully, (pun intended) not one, but two of my local organic markets are selling bins of Organic Purple Sweet Potatoes – the likes of which I had never seen, but had to have on my table. Would they taste different? How about texture? When did I become so infatuated with the color purple?

Baked purple sweet potato
Baked purple sweet potato

They are packed with anthocyanins – a powerful antioxidant (also found in wine!).


The best part is, they stay purple even after they have been cooked.


Bright, vivid, beautiful, jewel tone purple.


What a pretty weeknight meal! In the end, they had an overwhelmingly dense texture but delicious flavor. Next time, I might try running them through a ricer and then whipping to see if the texture lightens up a bit. I found that both Foodworks in Old Saybrook, CT and Fiddleheads Food Co-op in New London, CT carried these colorful tubers. Take a look around your local specialty markets to see about getting a few of these to try for yourself!

2 Replies to “Lovely Purple Sweet Potatoes”

  1. I love how you write about food and life and how one informs the other. I’ve got to try these purple sweet potatoes. You describe the color perfectly: jewel-toned. They are indeed! I’m going to bypass the orange ones and look for the purple this Thanksgiving. We need more purple on our plates!
    Happy Thanksgiving!

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