Suppression

Sweet potato

Category: Food

Type

Voluntary

Introduction and description

 

The sweet potato (Ipomoea batatas) is a  plant that belongs to the family Convolvulaceae. The genus Ipomoea that contains the sweet potato includes several garden flowers called morning glories, though that term is not usually extended to Ipomoea batatas. It is only distantly related to the potato (Solanum tuberosum) and does not belong to the nightshade family.

Its large, starchy, sweet-tasting, tuberous roots are a root vegetable. The young leaves and shoots are sometimes eaten as greens.

Ipomoea batatas is native to the tropical regions in the Americas. Of the approximately 50 genera and more than 1,000 species of Convolvulaceae, I. batatas is the only crop plant of major importance—some others are used locally, but many are poisonous. 

The edible tuberous root is long and tapered, with a smooth skin whose color ranges between yellow, orange, red, brown, purple, and beige. Its flesh ranges from beige through white, red, pink, violet, yellow, orange, and purple. Sweet potato varieties with white or pale yellow flesh are less sweet and moist than those with red, pink or orange flesh.

 

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