The team at the Meerbusch potato farm planted 10,000 plants this summer - for the first time - in a 4,000 m2 sweet potato field. With the help of the self-propelled sweet potato harvester Harvey, the tubers are now being harvested. They first remain in the heat chamber for two weeks in high humidity so that they can develop their sweet taste, then they are delivered, said grower Riccardo Bär in an interview with RP Online.
Stefanie de Kok (r) and Riccardo Bär are now harvesting Rhenish sweet potatoes for the first time / Photo: Meerbuscher Kartoffelhof UG
All farm stores in the region, but also the Edeka markets from the Nettersheim family are among their customer base. How much does the kilo of sweet potatoes cost, in the end? "We don't exactly know yet," says Bär. But probably just above €3. "In the end, it's still a lot of manual work, and the potatoes are untreated."