On Thanksgiving I’ll Be Enjoying Sweet Potatoes

Sweet Potatoes

November 23, 2017

Allan Stevo

If there’s anything from a Slovak perspective that demonstrates everything wrong about American culture, it is the sweet potato.

Slovaks are generally guilty of not following the Hinlicky Rule when referencing the sweet potato. Many will speak about sweet potatoes negatively, while having never tasted them. Nonetheless, I hear about them regularly enough to warrant this discussion in late November, around the time of the American holiday of Thanksgiving and in line with recent articles on the venerable potato.

In America “they eat too much sugar,” many a Slovak foreign exchange student will point out.  “Even their bread is sweet.”  This was a complaint that I heard regularly enough to want to return to the U.S. and look into this – is there really sugar in our bread?  It became hard for me to find bread that didn’t have a little sugar to sweeten or even a little high fructose corn syrup to sweeten.  After enough time in Slovakia, I even became disgusted by the taste of lots of bread in the U.S.  Bread that I had once found normal, as I had grown up eating it, eventually came to taste sickly sweet.  Whenever I bake cookies while visiting with a Slovak family, 2/3 of the sugar in the recipe usually has to be cut in order for someone in a family to not say to me “this was a good idea, but they are just too sweet.”

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Allan Stevo writes on Slovak culture at www.52inSk.com. He is from Chicago and spends most of his time traveling Europe and writing. You can find more of his writing at www.AllanStevo.com. If you enjoyed this post, please use the buttons below to like it on Facebook or to share it with your friends by email. You can sign up for emails on Slovak culture from 52 Weeks in Slovakia by clicking here.

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