Just before Thanksgiving last year (2009), I got some terrific sweet potatoes at the Union Sq. greenmarket. They were relatively small, misshapen and bent, and blackened on the outside (a reddish black, I seem to recall). A food photographer was making arrangements with them on the table. That was what caught my eye. When roasted, their flesh was sweet and perfumy, with a distinct aroma of rose, and hints of cardamom. They were the sweet potatoes of which dreams are made. I neglected to note which stand I was at when I got them, or what they were called. I was on the way out overladen with eggs and cheese and other produce, and they were a last second purchase. When I next went to the market in December I couldn't find them again. There's always next year I said to myself.
I went back this past Wednesday after a many-week absence from the market expressly to (a) buy a wheel of Hooligan (it's interestingly the favorite cheese of a 14-year-old I know), and (b) to track down those perfumed potatoes. I got the cheese, but couldn't spot my sweet potatoes. I've looked through lists of over a hundred varieties, but haven't found any that match my memory. Does anybody here have suggestions?
Union Square Greenmarket
Broadway and E 17th St, New York, NY 10003