Sweet potatoes are big, starchy, sweet-tasting, root vegetables. They come in a variety of colors, with their skin ranging from yellow, orange, brown, red purple and beige. The flesh ranges from beinge through white, red, purple, yellow, orange and violet. Light-skinned sweet potatoes have flesh that is firm, while orange-fleshed varieties are softer. Sweet potatoes are a good source of vitamin A, vitamin C and iron.
Sweet potatoes are used in both sweet and savory recipes, they can be served cooked, mashed, they can also be baked, roasted, steamed, simmered or fried. Sweet potatoes keep well if stored loose in a cool dry place, away from direct sunlight. Their leaves are edible and can be prepared like spinach or turnip greens.
The potato is a root vegetable, of the plant solanum tuberosum. They are a staple throughout the world, and the 4th largest food crop after corn, wheat and rice. After years of selective breeding, there are now 1,000 different types of potatoes. Potatoes should not be eaten raw, because we don't digest it well.