Kitchen Witch: Sweet Potato

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(Ipomoea batatas)

Planet: Venus

Element: Water

Energies: Love, sex

Lore:

An English cookbook of 1596 includes the preparation of a sweet potato tart intended to excite sexual desires.

Those sweetened, orange tubers often served at Thanksgiving are actually sweet potatoes, not yams. Yams certainly do exist and are eaten in large quantities in Africa, Central and South America, and the West Indies, but not in the U.S. True yams are massive tubers, growing to as long as seven feet and tipping the scales at more than one hundred pounds. Compare these to our “yams” of November and you’ll readily see the difference.

Magical uses:

Cook and eat sweet potatoes to expand your ability to receive as well as to give love. Flavour with cinnamon, ginger, and a dash of honey or
sugar to further empower them with loving energies. Or, prepare them with visualization and share with a mate for enhanced sexuality. Inform your partner of the food’s power.