SWEET POTATO

Sweet potatoes have a papery-thin, reddish-brown skin and their flesh can be creamy-white or orange. As the name suggest, they have a delicious sweet flavour.

The sweet potato probably originated in Brazil, but had reached the islands of Polynesia before European explorers visited them. The occurrence of the plant on both sides of the Pacific was just one of the pieces of evidence used to support the theory that early peoples had travelled across the ocean and had taken sweet potato with them. Sweet potatoes were brought to Europe by Christopher Columbus in 1492, some fifty years before the plant that we now call the potato.

SWEET POTATO are classed as a vegetable.

Tips

Cook any way you would normal potatoes. They can be used in both savoury and sweet dishes.

Nutritional Information

Typical values per 100g: energy 100 kcal, 425 kJ; protein 1.5g; carbohydrate 25.4g; fat 0g.

Preparation

Wash thoroughly and scrub well. Peel after cooking, if required. Cut off ends. Slice, dice or leave whole.

Storage

Store in a cool dark dry airy place for up to 1 month. Do not refrigerate.

Choosing

Good quality sweet potatoes should be dry and firm. Avoid ones that are bruised or have soft spots.

Fun Fact

The sweet potato is not actually related to the potato at all. It belongs to the sprawling vine called Morning Glory.

Availability

Shown below is where this item grows in the world and where it may come from when you buy it at your supermarket or local shop.

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Egypt
Israel
Spain
UK
USA