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Sweet Potato


Sweet Potato

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A root vegetable with an orange-brown exterior and a bright orange interior. They are starchy and slightly sweet in flavor when cooked.

Originated in tropical America. Cultivated in Central and South America, the West Indies, and Mexico.

Pat Kirch, an archeologist at the University of Berkeley, believes that Polynesians sailed across the Pacific to South America and collected sweet potatoes to bring home with them 400 years before Columbus made contact with the Americas. 

In the United States, sweet potatoes are also known as yams and vice versa. In the 1930s, Louisiana sweet potato growers started calling their crops “yams” in an attempt to distinguish their sweet potatoes from others on the market. See Yam for more information. 

“How the Sweet Potato Crossed the Pacific Way Before the Europeans Did” by Michaeleen Doucleff (2013)

New Oxford Book of Food Plants by John Vaughan et al. (2009)

“What’s the Difference Between a Sweet Potato and a Yam?” by Alyse Whitney (2017)

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