Former major league baseball player George Scott often referred to the prodigious home runs he hit as “taters.” Given his love for tubers, it’s hard to imagine what Scott, who died in 2013, would have said about the sweet potato raised this summer in La Porte City by Walter and Carol Buck. The Buck’s behemoth is of the Beauregard variety, truth be told, and could actually be more than one potato intertwined.
Developed at Louisiana State University in 1987, the Beauregard may well be the world’s most popular variety of sweet potato on the market today. Sweet potatoes are an excellent source of vitamins A, C and B6. They are also high in dietary fiber, potassium, niacin, and vitamins B1 and B2.
The Beauregard sweet potato is known for its deep, orange-colored flesh and long shelf life. It’s also the sweet potato of choice for the Texas Roadhouse, the restaurant that served Walter such a tasty tuber he had to learn more about it. Since that time, the Bucks have faithfully planted the variety, which they purchased at a Walmart store in the form of small plants in May.
This beauty (or beauties, as the case may be) is definitely big enough to be a meal all by itself, tipping the scale at more than five pounds. Now that’s a super food!