Background on the Sweet Potato – State Vegetable of North Carolina

Students at a Wilson County school petitioned the North Carolina General Assembly for the establishment of the sweet potato as the Official State Vegetable. Their assignment lead to the creation of the newest state symbol.

North Carolina is the largest producer of sweet potatoes in the nation harvesting over four billion pounds of the vegetable in 1989. The sweet potato is high in vitamins A and C and low in fat and was grown in North Carolina before the European colonization of North America.

The sweet potato was officially designated the State Vegetable by the General Assembly of 1995. (Session Laws, 1995, c. 521).

-North Carolina Secretary of State

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Laura Bush was born in Midland, Texas, and is the wife of the 43rd President of the United States, George W. Bush. She was the First Lady of the United States from January 20, 2001 to January 20, 2009. Mrs. Bush holds a Bachelor’s degree in Education and a Master’s degree in Library Science. The following recipe for Sweet Potato Casserole is one of her personal recipes.
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Ingredients for Sweet Potato Casserole
Serves 6 people
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  • 8 medium sized sweet potatoes,
    roasted, peeled and passed through
    a fine mesh sieve
  • 3 whole eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup half and half
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon turbinado sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ bag miniature marshmallows
  • cooking spray

Directions for Sweet Potato Casserole

Sweet Potato Casserole by Ben Garney/Flickr CC2.0

Sweet Potato Casserole by Ben Garney/Flickr CC2.0

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, lightly mix all the ingredients except the marshmallows.
  3. Spray a 9 inch casserole dish with cooking spray.
  4. Pour the custard and top with a half bag of mini marshmallows.
  5. Bake for about a half hour.
  6. Keep warm for service.



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Sweet Potato Casserole Ingredients


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Sweet Potato Casserole – State Vegetable of North Carolina. (2011, October 14). In Coast2CoastRecipes. Retrieved 22:05, November 21, 2017, from http://coast2coastrecipes.com/2011/02/sweet-potato-casserole-state-vegetable/
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AMA style
admin, Sweet Potato Casserole – State Vegetable of North Carolina. Coast2CoastRecipes. October 14, 2011, 04:56 UTC. Available at: http://coast2coastrecipes.com/2011/02/sweet-potato-casserole-state-vegetable/. Accessed November 21, 2017.

Citation styles

APA style
Sweet Potato Casserole – State Vegetable of North Carolina. (2011, October 14). In Coast2CoastRecipes. Retrieved 22:05, November 21, 2017, from http://coast2coastrecipes.com/2011/02/sweet-potato-casserole-state-vegetable/
MLA style
admin, “Sweet Potato Casserole – State Vegetable of North Carolina.” Coast2CoastRecipes. 14 October 2011, 04:56 UTC. . 21 Nov 2017 <http://coast2coastrecipes.com/2011/02/sweet-potato-casserole-state-vegetable/>.
MHRA style
admin, 'Sweet Potato Casserole – State Vegetable of North Carolina', Coast2CoastRecipes, 14 October 2011, 04:56 UTC, <http://coast2coastrecipes.com/2011/02/sweet-potato-casserole-state-vegetable/> [accessed 21 November 2017]
The Chicago Manual of Style
admin, “Sweet Potato Casserole – State Vegetable of North Carolina.” Coast2CoastRecipes, http://coast2coastrecipes.com/2011/02/sweet-potato-casserole-state-vegetable/ [accessed November 21, 2017].
CBE/CSE style
admin, Sweet Potato Casserole – State Vegetable of North Carolina [Internet]. Coast2CoastRecipes; 2011 October 14, 04:56 UTC [cited 2017 Nov 21]. Available from: http://coast2coastrecipes.com/2011/02/sweet-potato-casserole-state-vegetable/.
Bluebook style
Sweet Potato Casserole – State Vegetable of North Carolina, http://coast2coastrecipes.com/2011/02/sweet-potato-casserole-state-vegetable/ (last visited Nov. 21, 2017).
AMA style
admin, Sweet Potato Casserole – State Vegetable of North Carolina. Coast2CoastRecipes. October 14, 2011, 04:56 UTC. Available at: http://coast2coastrecipes.com/2011/02/sweet-potato-casserole-state-vegetable/. Accessed November 21, 2017.

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