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Sweet potatoes are tuberous roots vegetables that belong to the Convolvulaceae family of Ipomoea batatas species. They are native to Central America and have been cultivated in more than 100 countries in tropical, sub-tropical and temperate climates.
They are considered as a major food staple in many countries including the Caribbean, and as a luxury addition to the diet in most developed countries.
Sweet potatoes are different than yams, as the latters have a starchy edible root, which is larger, rough, and belongs to the Dioscorea genus family.
A lot of people refer them to "yams" because they have the same shapes.
Their skin colors run from dark red to pink and their flesh colors run from white to yellow.
An excellent source of vitamin A and a good source of potassium and vitamin C, B6, riboflavin, copper, pantothetic acid and folic acid, sweet potatoes are eaten boiled, baked, fried to accompany any type of meat, poultry or fish. They are also used as dessert with the most common recipes: sweet potato pie and sweet potato pudding. Sweet potato pie may seem easier to do because it doesn't need to be grated as in the sweet potato pudding.
Sweet potato pudding can be made with the two major types of sweet potatoes available on the market. There are the white to cream colored flesh and a bland, non-sweet flavor and the root flesh color of yellow or deep orange, a very distinct flavor and high sugar content. When scraped, flavored and cooked the white cream colored flesh one turns into a dark green pudding, while the yellow colored flesh gives a golden brown pudding. So, it's up to your taste.
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