Today's recipe comes from Lois I. Duke, who lives in Ohio and will make you go vegan food crazy! Introducing Lois' Raw Sweet Potato. Made with the natural sweetness and crunch of raw fruits and vegetables, this recipe will take your taste buds on a delightful journey. Get ready to make this one of your vegan staple meals!
3-4 dates finely chopped
1/3 cup apples finely chopped
2 tablespoons coarsely chopped walnuts or pecans
1 teaspoon orange zest (finely grated orange rind)
1/4 cup fresh orange juice
Sprinkle with mace
Peel and finely shred raw sweet potato. To each cup of shredded sweet potato, add the rest of the ingredients. Toss and serve. ENJOY!
(Options: Add some fresh pineapple and/or coconut.)
(EDITORS NOTE: This recipe for 'Raw Sweet Potato Salad' generated considerable response from our readers because it contained the ingredient 'MACE.' Here is a sampling of the responses: "In the recent recipe for Sweet Potato Salad, the last ingredient 'Sprinkle with mace.' What is "Mace? I know whoever I give this recipe to, will ask about that, and I haven't a clue . . . "
MACE -- The dictionary offers three definitions: (1) "a clublike armor-breaking weapon . . . (2) "a spice made from the inner husk of the nutmeg. (3) "a chemical spray that causes severe eye and skin irritation . . . " I believe Louis intended number (2) when she sent in the recipe. So I went to Rhonda's Spice Rack and pulled out the spice bottle labeled 'MACE.' It offered the following information:
"Mace and Nutmeg are the only spices that come from the same fruit. Mace is the lacy covering of the seed from Indonesia. It is orange in color, and has a sweet, warm, spicy flavor. May be interchanged with Nutmeg . . . "