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Sweet Potato
From Wikibooks, the open-content textbooks collection

The sweet potato (kumara in NZ) is tuber-producing plant related to the morning glory. The flesh of the tuber can be white, yellow, orange, or purple. Sweet potatoes are often confused with potatoes and yams, which are not the same at all.

Sweet potatoes are rich in dietary fiber, vitamin C and vitamin B6. The orange ones are also rich in beta-carotene. In tropical areas they are a staple food crop. The tubers are most frequently boiled, fried or baked. Tubers can also be processed to make starch and a partial flour substitute.

The tubers, leaves and shoots are all edible. Some variants are sold as house plants for their beautiful flowers; these plants will produce sweet potatoes. The plants tend to be large vines.

Farmers in the Southern United States started using the term "yam" to distinguish between the softer orange variety and the drier white variety. The true yam is rarely found in the United States except as an import. Sweet potatoes sold in the USA must be labeled "yam sweet potato" or simply "sweet potato", not "yam"; they may be incorrectly labeled in stores though.

 
 
 
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