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Brothers Juan and Antonio Soltero grow these delicious sweet potatoes in Andalusia's stunning eco-haven Doñana National Park. In 1994 UNESCO designated the park a World Heritage Site. UNESCO has also recognised the park as a biosphere reserve. It is a wetland of international importance on the list of the Ramsar Convention. The park has a biodiversity that is unique in Europe. It contains a great variety of ecosystems and shelters wildlife including thousands of European and African migratory birds, fallow deer, Spanish red deer, wild boar, European badger, Egyptian mongoose, and endangered species such as the Spanish Imperial Eagle and Iberian Lynx.
For a few weeks of the year (September/October), we're very lucky to have UK sweet potatoes from James Foskett in Suffolk. James and Tomas have been pioneering sweet potato growing in the UK – trickier to do than you’d think - and came up trumps. During the rest of the year our sweet potatoes come from Spain, the USA and occasionally from Israel.
This orange-fleshed vegetable has a distinctive sweet and savoury taste. Score them once or twice and bake them in their skins for about one hour at 190°C/375°F/gas mark 5. You can prepare them as a side dish with a main meal or as a simple snack with a large dollop of soured cream! Store your fresh sweet potatoes in a cool, dark, airy place or in the warmest part of the fridge. Suitable for home freezing.