sweet potatoes (Ipomoea batatas)

  • The sweet potato is a tropical plant. It is related to the "morning glory" and the "bindweed" family. It grows in Asia, China, Africa and the Caribbean.
  • It is the root like tubers of the plant that are harvested and eaten.
  • In the United States and Canada the sweet potato (Ipomoea batatas) is called a yam, so recipe books from these regions refer to the sweet potato when they specify yam.
  • You can find out more about the true yam here yams
  • Sweet potatoes can be successfully grown in the UK as shown in the Eden Project clip on the right
  • You can use sweet potatoes to make raw food noodles, by using the spiralizer and adding some marinade or sauce.
  • You can slice sweet potatoes or cut them into chips Julian style, add some spices and seasonings, and dehydrate them to make crisps and chips.
  • You can use sweet potatoes as an ingredient to make raw food crackers.

Links

  • Remains of sweet potato have been found in Peruvian caves known to have been inhabited by Man since around 8,000BC.
  • http://www.menumagazine.co.uk
  • This root vegetable qualified as an excellent source of vitamin A (in the form of beta-carotene), a very good source of vitamin C and manganese, and a good source of copper, dietary fiber, vitamin B6, potassium and iron.
  • http://www.whfoods.com
sweet potatoes

sweet potatoes