National Cook a Sweet Potato Day - February 22
Thu, Feb 22, 2024

National Cook a Sweet Potato Day

National Cook a Sweet Potato Day is an annual American holiday dedicated to the food. Sweet potatoes are one of the most important crops in the world. It is a sweet and tasty root vegetable that is great in side dishes, main dishes, and also in dessert. The holiday is celebrated annually on February 22.


There is no information about the establishment of National Cook a Sweet Potato Day. It was probably created to honor this food product, which has played a major role in various cultures around the world for centuries.

According to researchers, they began to grow sweet potatoes specifically in Latin America about 5,000 years ago. Excavations have unearthed the hardened remains of this root vegetable, which date back to 8,000 B.C. Based on the discovery, we can conclude that the original source of this food was the Peruvian culture.

European explorers and navigators brought sweet potatoes to Europe around the 1700s, by which time they were already actively exploring new lands in the Americas. In Great Britain and in many European countries this product was considered a delicacy. Because of its high price, it could be seen on the tables of dignitaries and high society.

Today, sweet potatoes are in demand all over the world, while being a staple food in Uganda and Ruganda. Widespread in many Asian countries.

Interesting facts

  • There are several kinds of sweet potatoes: fodder potatoes (for feeding livestock), vegetable potatoes (for main dishes), and dessert potatoes (ideal for sweet dessert dishes).
  • In addition to its sweet flavor, this root vegetable is very digestible and has a delicate, creamy texture, something that regular potatoes cannot boast.
  • The yams, as this food is also called, are rich in B vitamins and potassium, as well as vitamins C, E, A, PP, and many minerals.

How to celebrate

On National Cook a Sweet Potato Day, visit a cafe/restaurant with friends or family with a menu of yams. If you like cooking, make a dish based on this root vegetable yourself. You can find interesting recipes on the Internet. Try to start growing this plant on your own plot if you often use it for food and are fond of gardening.

Spread the word on social media. Ask other users when they first tried yams or yam and what their impressions were.

When is National Cook a Sweet Potato Day celebrated in 2024?

National Cook a Sweet Potato Day is observed on February 22 each year.


Weekday Month Day Year
Thursday February 22 2024
Saturday February 22 2025
Sunday February 22 2026
Monday February 22 2027

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