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Rachael Ray Every Day

Sweet on Sweet Potatoes

I WAS BORN IN Vardaman, Mississippi, the self-proclaimed "Sweet Potato Capital of the World." Since my current home state of North Carolina grows far more sweet potatoes—about as much as Mississippi and the other top-producing states of California and Louisiana combined—it seems that Vardaman should consider relinquishing this title. Locals maintain, however, that what they lack in quantity, they make up for in quality. In fact, one Vardaman farmer recently reported that visiting farmers from North Carolina State University went home with Mason jars filled with soil to decipher the secret to the silky sweet taste and the smoother, tighter skin of Vardaman sweet potatoes.