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Sweet potato in Switzerland?

In my local Co-Op and Migro's I can't find Sweet Potato

What are they called in German?

Anyone know where I could find them? I like to eat them raw, for bodybuilding purposes!

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Re: Sweet potato in Switzerland?

They are called (imaginatively enough) Süsskartoffeln.

I suggest you try a bigger branch of Coop/Migros.
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Re: Sweet potato in Switzerland?

They are called süsskartoffeln and I find them at either Migros or Coop without any problems. Look near the 'exotic fruits' section
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Re: Sweet potato in Switzerland?

I have found them occasionally at Coop, but always at my local Turkish(?) vegetable shop.
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Re: Sweet potato in Switzerland?

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In my local Co-Op and Migro's I can't find Sweet Potato

What are they called in German?

Anyone know where I could find them? I like to eat them raw, for bodybuilding purposes!

Thanks in advance
I've seen them at Migros and Coop here in Basel. They're rather plentiful. How are you eating them raw? Aren't they a bit tough that way?
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Re: Sweet potato in Switzerland?

I think it does need to be one of the larger Coop locations as there are three near me, two pretty big ones and one small corner one. The corner one has them occasionally, the larger ones seems to have them all the time.

I do seem to recall though that Jack has commented sometime about wanting to be sure to get them when originating from the Americas rather than European countries (or maybe European country A was better than European country B?) for some reason... I'll try to remember more about the thread and find it...
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Re: Sweet potato in Switzerland?

Yea' tjhey are touch but you can just cut them in slices and eat them - it's a 'bachelor' way of eating - when I need some quick proteins in

Thanks for the word - I'll go tomorrow to hunt these guys down
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Re: Sweet potato in Switzerland?

U can try in Srilankan shop or Pakistani shop.Its available in all season.
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Yea' tjhey are touch but you can just cut them in slices and eat them - it's a 'bachelor' way of eating - when I need some quick proteins in

Thanks for the word - I'll go tomorrow to hunt these guys down
You're getting protein from a sweet potato? (does quick google search of nutritional information for a papa dulce)

...yeah... you might want to rethink that...
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Re: Sweet potato in Switzerland?

Certainly available in the larger Coops and Migros but you pay for the privilege. Don't think I've ever seen them there for less than CHF 5 / Kg.

Aldi briefly had them a couple of years back at half the price. I cleaned them out. Haven't seen them there since, though.
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Yea' tjhey are touch but you can just cut them in slices and eat them - it's a 'bachelor' way of eating - when I need some quick proteins in

Thanks for the word - I'll go tomorrow to hunt these guys down
cutting them in slices and eating them is a bachelor way of eating? Wow. I'm a bachelor & didn't even know it!

Like others have said, if you can't find them you may have to go to a bigger story. good luck!
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Re: Sweet potato in Switzerland?

Around here they are called "American potatoes" (patate americane)

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Re: Sweet potato in Switzerland?

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Around here they are called "American potatoes" (patate americane)

Tom
as if regular potatoes weren't, btw.
I buy them in Manor food, sometimes they also have one kind with a lighter colored skin. But I never thought you could eat them uncooked..
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Re: Sweet potato in Switzerland?

This thread made me curious so I did some googling...

It seems you CAN eat raw potatoes as long as you make sure you take all the sprouts (eyes) off and cut off any green bits as the plants themselves contain toxins, but the roots (the potatoes themselves) are safe. Also, raw peel contains some inhibitors that keep us from absorbing enzymes properly so it is best to eat them peeled.

Also, it says that the starches are "resistant" and not digested properly so ferment in our large intestines (yummy! ) which has the adverse effect of some gastrointestinal reactions BUT has a beneficial effect of creating "butyrate, a fatty acid that is associated with favorable effects on diseases in the colon." (Source)


All in all, actually more risky in some ways to eat (you have to be more attentive about the fiddly stuff) than cooked potatoes but some beneficial effects as well.
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Re: Sweet potato in Switzerland?

I've been munching raw potato since I was a kid and can't help snaffling a few chunks when I'm preparing dinner. I do the same with any veg I'm preparing (except onion ) but never once thought spuds would do me any harm!

I was once warned off eating raw green beans (haricots vert) because apparently they contain toxins but after 30 odd years of scoffing them and never coming to any harm I've taken the warning with a pinch of salt.
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Re: Sweet potato in Switzerland?

Nah, that's fine.

However, green parts of any part of a nightshade plant (solanaceae) are toxic because of the solanine. This family of plants includes tomatoes, eggplants, potatoes, tomatillos, physalis, chilies/peppers, tobacco, etc. That's why you shouldn't leave potatoes in the sun: they turn green and develop solanine. (Green tomatoes also have small amounts of solanine, which is why you should eat fried green tomatoes only rarely.)
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