This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V22", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
We called attention recently to the curious fact that only now, after a hundred years of American experience, were the English people beginning to know anything of sweet potatoes. In a recent number of the Garden, we find this further note: " I amused myself on one of those recent cold days by roasting some sweet potatoes in hot ashes - roots that I bought from Mr. Garcia, in Covent Garden. I mean the Sweet Potato of North America, which is so good when roasted or baked. For the first time I found that these Covent Garden specimens turned out very well. The sweet potato is an excellent vegetable, and I should advise our American friends to send us quantities of well-ripened roots, and also tell us how to cook them. I noticed in America, that just as with our common Potato at home, there are wet and dry tubers, mainly owing to differences of soil. I understand those grown in the sandy soils of the South are much better in America than those raised elsewhere. It seemed to be a greater favorite than the common potato, which was there called the Irish Potato to distinguish it from this one. I believe it to be more nutritious than the common potato, and when good it turns out something between a sweetmeat and a vegetable.
To import a vegetable which our climate prevents us growing, and which in consequence is a novelty to most people, is very desirable. I do not know if their price is high in America, but it would be a great boon if they could be sent here in such quantities as would allow of their being used as food. At present they are merely Covent Garden curiosities".