Mississippi Sweet Potatoes: A Tasty Tradition

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Mississippi Sweet Potatoes: A Tasty TraditionA survey of Southern holiday tables loaded with homemade dishes and delights will almost always include sweet potatoes. Smothered, whipped, candied, with or without marshmallows, or layered in a flaky piecrust—these are just a few ways that our country consumes a whopping eight pounds per person of this sweet and delicious vegetable each year. 

And the ever-growing love of sweet potatoes keeps the farmers in the Hospitality State extremely busy, especially around the quaint town of Vardaman, Mississippi.  

Mississippi Sweet Potatoes: A Tasty Tradition

Known for growing a variety that features deep orange flesh and golden skin, Vardaman and its residents fully embrace its distinguished title as the Sweet Potato Capital of the World. Just after the fall harvest season when farmers make an all-hands-on-deck effort to harvest more than 540-million pounds of sweet potatoes, Vardaman hosts its annual Sweet Potato Festival with the 47th event scheduled for November 6–13, 2021. This creative and quirky festival boasts tasting booths, cook-offs, pie-eating contests, and competitions all starring the beloved sweet potato. And, of course, there is the crowning of a sweet potato king and queen.   

Mississippi Sweet Potatoes: A Tasty Tradition
But the most coveted treasures to come out of the festival are the prizewinning cook-off recipes that will grace special occasions for generations to come. People of all ages in this spud-studded area of Mississippi have spent years perfecting the most delectable sweet potato recipes.   

And around the holiday season, the heavenly smells of Cindy’s Sweet Potato Cheese Cake SquaresHarlie’s Sweet Potato BrowniesNee-Nee’s Sweet Potato Pie, and others fill homes across the state and bring warm memories of holidays past. 

Learn more about Mississippi and sweet potatoes at VisitMississippi.org.