Sweet Potato

 

* Scientific name: Ipomea batatas

* Variety: yellow, purple Japanese sweet potato

* Description: The versatile sweet potato is ideal fare for the health - conscious consumer. With the ever-growing interest in health and natural foods, the sweet potato is quickly finding its place in the family weekly diet. The sweet potato blends with herbs, spices and flavorings producing delicious dishes of all types. From processed baby foods to the main dishes, casseroles, salads, breads and desserts, sweet potatoes add valuable, appetizing nutrients and color to any meal.

* Nutritional value: It provides beta carotene which may be a factor in reducing the risk of certain cancers.

* Fruiting season: All year round

* How to store fresh fruit: under the temperature of 13-15°C, it can be kept in 4-7 months

* How to eat: sweet potato can be baked, boiled, fried, broiled, canned or frozen. They can also be cooked in the microwave oven. Before cooking sweet potatoes, scrub skin and trim off any bruised or woody portions.