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Sweet potatoes have holes - is this a pest?

Posted by anitabananita (My Page) on
Thu, Jul 8, 10 at 14:15

Hi. I am wondering about some holes on the inside of my sweet potatoes. To be honest, these are not sweet potatoes that I grew, but are from the farmers' market. When I baked them and opened them, I noticed these openings, and I don't know if they are from pests, or if maybe it has to do with something like moisture conditions as the plants were growing. I also cut open a couple of them prior to baking and they had similar patterns. Can anyone tell me what this is? Thank you in advance!

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RE: Sweet potatoes have holes - is this a pest?

I looks like a condition called Hollow Heart.

Hollow heart is associated with rapid tuber growth
after cool temperatures and moisture stress (too much or
too little water).


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RE: Sweet potatoes have holes - is this a pest?

Oh thank you. So it's fine to eat, right?


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RE: Sweet potatoes have holes - is this a pest?

Yup.....munch away!


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RE: Sweet potatoes have holes - is this a pest?

:) goodie. They were going to be for my 6-month old and I thought it was a little early to have him eating bugs!


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