The sweet potato (Ipomoea batatas), commonly called a yam in parts of the United States, is a crop plant whose large, starchy, sweet tasting tuberous roots are an important root vegetable. The sweet potato is only distantly related to the potato (Solanum tuberosum). It is even more distantly related to the true yam (Dioscorea species) which is native to Africa and Asia.
Sweet potatoes are native to the tropical parts of the Americas and are one of the oldest vegetables known to man.
Sweet Potato is one of the healthies vegetables offering an array of essential nutrients. This root vegetable is an excellent source of vitamin A (in the form of beta-carotene which is benefits night blindness, boosts the immune system and skin), a very good source of vitamin C and manganese, and a good source of dietary fiber, vitamin B6 and potassium. The sweet potato is a source of copper and iron making it a great blood building food.
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