Sweet Potato

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Plant Description: Sweetpotatoes are generally known for their colorful and nutritious roots; in addition, the young leaves and shoots are a great source of leafy greens throughout the summer, usually boiled or stir-fried. There are two types of sweetpotatoes: moist-flesh or desert type is best for baking, and dry-flesh or starch type (white to pale or purple skin) is best for boiling or frying. Further, there are three types of growth habit: trailing (vine), bunched (bush), intermediate; bush types conserve garden space. Ornamental sweetpotatoes and sweetpotatoes grown in the vegetable garden are different varieties of I. batatas. The ornamental varieties are grown for their attractive foliage. The roots of ornamental sweetpotatoes can be eaten. However, the ornamental varieties were selected for their attractive foliage, not their culinary qualities. The culinary qualities of the ornamental sweetpotato roots may not measure up to their vegetable counterparts. 

Scientific Name: Ipomoea batatas 

Common Name: yam, (Spanish) batata, boniato, camote, papa dulce

Family: Convolvulaceae 

Relatives: (Not related to potatoes)

Origin: Neotropics 

Distribution: Sweetpotato (I. batatas L.) is one of the world's most important root crops that is grown in more than 100 countries worldwide. It is an important specialty crop in the U.S.
Since 1939, there has been continuous research on sweetpotato at the USDA.

Importance: Various parts of the sweet potato plant and various genotypes may be used as treatments for health conditions or in medical applications such as asthma relief, laxative, induction of vomiting, and as a gargle. Parts of the plant may also be used as components of medicinal mixtures for application or ingestion. 

• Alcoholic beverages: sweetpotato genotypes having high sugar content in the storage roots may be cooked and then treated and fermented.
• Animal feed: leaves and vines are maintenance food for hogs. The storage roots serve as food for final fattening.
• Fishing: flesh of the sweetpotato storage roots of certain genotypes may be used as bait for mackerel scad fish at their offshore breeding locations.