EN on Foods

December 2009 Issue

Sweet Potatoes Glow with Health and Flavor

You can add the sweet potato (Ipomoea batatas) to the list of native American foods discovered by Columbus and his crew. This root vegetable called "batatas" by the natives was taken back to Spain around 1500, where other varieties, including red, purple and white, were then cultivated. Sweet potatoes were also brought to the Pacific and Far East, where it became an important food source. Cultivated in the U.S. as early as 1648, it culminated into a favorite food in Southern cuisine. In Colonial times, American doctors recommended sweet potatoes for children to help prevent childhood nutritional diseases.

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