Sweet potatoes are not actually potatoes. In fact, they aren't even distant cousins. Potatoes are tubers from the solanaceae family. Their genus is solanum. Sweet potatoes are part of the morning glory family (Convolvulaceae). Their genus is ipomoea batatas. Sweet potatoes can be stored year round but here in North Carolina our main harvest runs between August and November. There are hundreds of different varieties. The most popular ones grown in North Carolina include the Covington, Beauregard, Hernandez, Jewel, Puerto Rico, Japanese, O'Henry and White Delight. Sweet potatoes are as American as apple pie, and even more so. Native Americans were already growing sweet potatoes when Columbus came to the shores in 1492. Sweet potatoes were grown in the South of the USA as long ago as 1648.
Sweet potato has a rich history and interesting origin. It is one of the oldest vegetables known to mankind. Scientists believe that sweet potato was domesticated thousands of years ago in Central America. After his first voyage to the Americas in 1492, Christopher Columbus took sweet potatoes back home to Europe. The crop was introduced into China in the late 16th century and spread through Asia, Africa, and Latin America during the 17th and 18th centuries. It's hardy, has broad adaptability, and its planting material can be multiplied quickly from very few roots. It is now grown in more developing countries than any other root crop.
Serving size: 100 grams
Protein: 1.1 gram
Fat: 0.2 grams
Carbohydrate: 24.7 grams
Dietary Fiber : 1.6 grams
This versatile food may be used in a variety of ways and sweet potato recipes abound, including boiling, baking, and sauteing. Some health food stores and restaurants are now making chips out of them as well. Sweet potatoes may be substituted for regular potatoes in almost any recipe. To peel a boiled sweet potato, just drain off the hot water and immediately submerge them in cold water.