info: Sweet potato is a root vegetable with a sweet flavor and rich juicy texture. An excellent source of vitamins A and C, as well as iron, potassium, and manganese.
storage: Store unwashed and uncut in a dark, cool, well-ventilated place. They will keep for 7-10 days.
preparation: Wash well in cold water. Remove any discolored spots or eyes with a paring knife.
You can eat sweet potatoes whole, skin and all, or you can peel them, depending on your recipe. Sweet potatoes can be boiled, steamed, grilled, baked, roasted, mashed and pureed.
from Sweet Potato History
Sweet potatoes, botanically known as Ipomoea batatas, are the root of a vine in the morning glory family and native to the New World tropics. Its history dates back to 750 B.C. in Peruvian records. Columbus brought the sweet potato to the New World from the island of Saint Thomas.
The Taino word for them was batatas which eventually became patata in Spanish, patae in French, and potato in English. …read more