The sweet potato is set to get a new title, as the Alabama House yesterday voted to designate it as Alabama’s official state vegetable. The measure had already passed the Senate and is headed to Governor Kay Ivey for her signature.
Alabama ranks sixth in the country in the production of sweet potatoes with the crop bringing in some $9 million every year. The idea for a state vegetable came from a group of North Alabama homeschool students who, while researching state history, came across the fact Alabama did not have an official vegetable. After they wrote to their legislators, they were successful in their efforts to have the vegetable they selected – the sweet potato – given the statewide honor.