The sweet potato, commonly called a yam in parts of North America (although they are not actually yams), belongs to the family Convolvulaceae, as does bindweed. It has a large, starchy, sweet tasting tuberous root that is an important root vegetable. The young leaves and shoots are sometimes eaten as greens. The sweet potato is only distantly related to the potato (Solanum tuberosum). It is even more distantly related to the true yam (Dioscorea species), which is native to Africa and Asia.
Baked sweet potatoes are sometimes offered in restaurants as an alternative to baked potatoes. They are often topped with brown sugar and butter. In Dominican Republic sweet potato is enjoyed for breakfast.
The young leaves and vine tips of sweet potato leaves are widely consumed as a vegetable West African countries (Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia for example). Sweet potato leaves and shoots are a good source of vitamins A, vitamin C, and B2 (Riboflavin).
Steamed/Boiled chunks, for a simple and healthy snack, chunks of sweet potato may be boiled in water or cooked in the microwave.
Raw sweet potatoes can be eaten as well, most easily in chip form. They taste somewhat like a sweet carrot.
Try our recipe for a really colourful sweet potato salsa.
How much does one cup of sweet potatoes / yams weigh?
Estimated US cup to weight equivalents:
|Sweet Potatoes / Yams||raw - sliced||
|150 grams||> 5 ounces|
|Sweet Potatoes / Yams||cooked - mashed||
|200 grams||7 ounces|
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Batata Doce de Aljezur (Aljezur sweet potato)