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The edible tuberous root of the sweet potato vine which is grown widely in warm regions of the United States;pantropical vine widely cultivated in several varieties for its large sweet tuberous root with orange flesh;  egg-shaped terra cotta wind instrument with a mouthpiece and finger holes

Sweet potatoes
Sweet potatoes

Interesting facts about sweet potato

  • Are you aware that a sweet potato contains 327% of your daily recommended value for vitamin A, which is more than any other vegetable? (Vitamin A is important for cell growth and development, for fighting off diseases and for good vision.)
  • Are you aware that sweet potatoes and yams are not the same? (Yams come from the yam family and are tubers, like potatoes, while sweet potatoes are considered storage roots, like carrots. Yams also have rough, scaly skin while sweet potatoes have a smooth, thin skin. Yams can grow as long as 7 feet and can weigh up to 150 pounds while sweet potatoes are usually the size of a regular potato. Yams are primarily grown in the Caribbean while sweet potatoes grow in the U.S.
  • Yams do not contain any vitamin A while sweet potatoes are super rich in this vitamin.)
  • Are you aware that there are two main varieties of sweet potatoes, pale yellow with a dry flesh and dark orange with a moist flesh?
Baked potato, baked sweet potato, and steamed kale
Baked potato, baked sweet potato, and steamed kale
  • Are you aware that the skin of the sweet potato can be white, yellow, orange, red or purple?
  • Are you aware that the orange fleshed sweet potato is the primary one sold in the U.S.?
  • Are you aware that you can eat sweet potatoes raw with dip? (They taste like a sweet carrot. They are a super healthy snack!)
  • Are you aware that you can eat sweet potato fries? (Sweet potato fries are much healthier than the common white potato French fry!)
  • Are you aware that you can also eat baked sweet potatoes?
Vegan meal, sweet potato, guacamole, fried mushrooms, plant based
Vegan meal, sweet potato, guacamole, fried mushrooms, plant based
  • Are you aware that when you eat a sweet potato you are actually eating a root?
  • Are you aware that sweet potatoes are one of the most nutritious vegetables you can eat?
  • Are you aware that sweet potatoes should not be refrigerated? (If refrigerated, they will develop a hard core and a bad taste. Store in a cool, dry place with temperatures between 55º-60º F.)
  • Are you aware that New Jersey ranks 7th in sweet potato production in the country?
  • Are you aware that “candied sweet potatoes” are a traditional dish served at Thanksgiving in the U.S.? (This dish is made with sweet potatoes, brown sugar or maple syrup, butter, marshmallows, cinnamon and orange juice.)


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