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Orange roots come to the Golden State

September 6, 2011 |  1:24 pm

Sweet potato
Sweet potatoes used to be considered a Southern regional ingredient. Except at Thanksgiving (usually topped with marshmallows), you didn't see them all that often outside the area. But California farmers are finding there's gold in those orange roots. Plantings are increasing, based on increased demand after new health followings -- and on the craze for sweet-potato French fries.

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Photo: U.S. Department of Agriculture