Sweet Potatoes are a favorite vegetable in Bullock County.

Sweet Potatoes are a favorite vegetable in Bullock County.

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

Nut, Pecan

Tree, Southern Longleaf Pine

Flower, Camellia

Wildflower, Oak-Leaf Hydrangea

Bird, Yellowhammer

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

Rock, Marble

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"

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