February is a pretty sweet month. We have Valentine’s Day, of course. February is also National Cherry Month, and National Carrot Cake Day. But it’s about to get even sweeter, because February 22nd is National Cook a Sweet Potato Day.
Sweet potatoes are so perfect because they’re sweet, yet so nutritious. In fact, they’re what dietitians consider a super food. Who better to tell you about this day dedicated to this super food than those who move foods just like it: our Eagle Express team.
Eagle transports foods just like sweet potatoes from the farm to your favorite grocer by way of cargo delivery in Texas and across the United States. But before they ever make it to our Eagle trucks, they go through a pretty cool collection process.
Sweet potatoes are grown across the southwest, as they need about 150 frost-free days to mature underground. That makes places like North Carolina- the leading producer of sweet potatoes- the perfect spot for production. When it comes time to harvest, many farmers utilize specialized transportation, including GPS operated tractors that can harvest around 70,000 potatoes an hour! Talk about utilizing technology!
Since they’re plucked from the ground, sweet potatoes contain a lot of extra dirt and roots with them when they’ve harvested by the high tech tractor, so the potatoes go through a shaking process shortly after they're picked. This removes most of the excess dirt and debris. Then they’re washed, steamed, and sorted to be picked up by none other than a courier like Eagle Express that transports dry cargo delivery in Texas.
The ‘taters are then sent to different stores and restaurants for purchase and consumption- which is, of course, the best part!
The good news is, as delicious as sweet potatoes are, they are also nutritious. They’re packed with vitamins, minerals, and fiber, but they aren’t high in calories. One cup of sweet potato has around 180 calories. Most importantly, sweet potatoes are high in antioxidants, which fight cancer and aging by fighting off free radicals that can damage DNA and cause chronic disease.
On February 22nd, you can celebrate National Cook a Sweet Potato day in a variety of ways, considering how versatile the sweet potato is. Any one of these delicious ways is a great way to celebrate:
- Cubed and roasted
- Baked and loaded with your favorite toppings
- Spiralized and used as noodles
- Cut into steak-style fries
- Pureed into soups
- Sliced thinly and oven fried into chips
No matter how you decide to cook your sweet potato, consider leaving the skin on. The skin will give you an extra boost of fiber and potassium.
Do something sweet for yourself this February and plan to celebrate National Cook a Sweet Potato Day on February 22nd. You can feel good about consuming a super nutritious food, and you’ll have a delicious meal or side dish, as well.
As you select the potato that’s perfect for your day, remember that cargo delivery in Texas helped to make this day a special one. Couriers like Eagle Express transport refrigerated and dry cargo in straight trucks and box trucks all across North Texas and even across the country. Couriers like us help move food from the farm to your fork 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
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