Speckled purple sweet potatoes are named for their flecked magenta flesh. They remain firm when boiled or fried and have a mild, nutty flavor. Todd Coleman

Shopping for sweet potatoes for various Thanksgiving recipes in Issue #142, we came across a surprising range of varieties—both heirlooms and new hybrids—now being grown in the U.S. Browse through the gallery of 16 different sweet spuds in a range of colors, textures, and flavors to consider as you plan your own Thanksgiving menu.

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