By Faye Gaston
Sweet Potatoes are a favorite vegetable in Bullock County. The sweet potato is now Alabama's "official state vegetable."
According to the bill passed, elementary homeschool students from Harvest in Madison County wrote a letter to the bill sponsor stating they had researched Alabama's history and selected the sweet potato for this honor.
The bill also noted that Alabama ranks sixth in America in the production of sweet potatoes. This vegetable brings in about $9 million every year. It can be eaten plain, baked, or in a casserole. The Alabama Senate voted 29-0 in favor of the bill, and the House of Representatives voted 84-4 in favor of the bill. On April 16, 2021, Governor Kay Ivey's office said she signed it.
The sweet potato joins a list of 26 other official state honors as follows: Fruit, Blackberry
Tree Fruit, Peach
Tree, Southern Longleaf Pine
Wildflower, Oak-Leaf Hydrangea
Game Bird, Wild turkey
Mascot and Butterfly, Eastern Tiger Swallowtail
Insect, Monarch Butterfly
Horse, Racking Horse
Mammal, Black Bear
Reptile, Alabama Red-bellied Turtle
Fresh Water Fish, Largemouth Bass
Salt Water Fish, Fighting Tarpon
Crustacean, Brown Shrimp
Amphibian, Red Hills Salamander
Soil, Bama Soil Series
Mineral, Hermatile (Red Iron Ore)
Gemstone, Blue Star Quartz
Quilt, Pine Burr Quilt
Spirit, Conecuh Ridge Alabama Fine Whiskey
Barbecue Championship, Demopolis Christmas on the River Cook-Off Horseshoe Tournament, Stockton Fall Horseshoe Tournament
Outdoor Musical Drama, "The Incident at Looney's Tavern"