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A plant with a starchy, sweet tasting tuberous root.

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  • Feb 19, 2010
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Botanical Name of Sweet Potatoes


The botanical name is Ipomea batatus, which makes them family of the Morning Glory.


Growing Sweet Potatoes


Sweet potatoes grow easily from slips and roots. If you keep the roots in a closed box, the shoots will appear after a few days.  Slips should be about 30 cm long. Press them firmly into the soil. Keep the slips moist while they are developing.  Keep the crop moist, but not waterlogged.

Sweet Potatoes like a lot of compost added to the soil. Avoid the use of fresh manure. This will cause the leaves to grow, and the tubers will be sacrificed. Start them growing in the spring.

Sweet Potatoes need little attention while they are growing. Make sure you have enough space for them though, as they can spread far and wide.  The sweet potato forms an excellent ground cover.

You will always have sweet potatoes in the garden. They will pop up again in the new season.


Sweet Potatoes Companions and Antagonists


Sweet Potato grows well with peas. They generally don’t need too much attention and grow on their own. They have no antagonists.


Sweet Potatoes nutritional value


These hardy plants provide the body with carbohydrates, protein and are packed with vitamin A and C.  They contain Iron and calcium. Sweet Potatoes are good for  diabetics.  They have a high dietary fibre content. 



Cooking with Sweet Potatoes


The young leaves are a useful form of spinach.  Livestock will thrive on the mature leaves.  Dig out enough sweet potatoes for a meal or two. Wash them well. Baked or boiled sweet potatoes are delicious, especially when you pick them fresh.  You can mash sweet potatoes or add them to stews, soups and curries.


A favourite recipe, learned from some Israeli friends goes like this:


Sweet Potato Oven Chips


2-3 sweet potatoes


Garlic, parsley and fresh mustard

Soya sauce (optional)

Slice the sweet potatoes into thin rounds. Rub them with oil. Stand them against each other on a baking tray. Bake them at 200°C for 15-20 minutes. They will get all crispy. Prepare the garlic, parsley and mustard, by chopping it finely. As you take the chips out of the oven, sprinkle the herb mixture over the chips. Sprinkle with Soya sauce and savour the delicious flavour.

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Quick Tip by . June 07, 2010
Also try sweet-potato french fries!
Quick Tip by . June 01, 2010
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Sweet Potatoes are delicious, but unfortunately I have trouble finding a way to eat them raw. I hate to cook the life out it. :(
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The sweet potato is a dicotyledonous plant that belongs to the family Convolvulaceae. Its large, starchy, sweet tasting tuberous roots are an important root vegetable (Purseglove, 1991; Woolfe, 1992). The young leaves and shoots are sometimes eaten as greens. Of the approximately 50 genera and more than 1,000 species of Convolvulaceae, I. batatas is the only crop plant of major importance – some others are used locally, but many are actually poisonous.

The sweet potato is only distantly related to the potato (Solanum tuberosum). The softer, orange variety is commonly marketed as a "yam" in parts of North America, a practice intended to differentiate it from the firmer, white variety. The sweet potato is very distinct from the actual yam, which is native to Africa and Asia and belong to the monocot family Dioscoreaceae. To prevent confusion, the United States Department of Agriculture requires that sweet potatoes labeled as "yams" also be labeled as "sweet potatoes".

The genus Ipomoea that contains the sweet potato also includes several garden flowers called morning glories, though that term is not usually extended to Ipomoea batatas. Some cultivars of Ipomoea batatas are grown as ornamental plants; the slightly ambiguous name "tuberous morning glory" may be used in a horticultural context.

This plant is a herbaceous perennial vine, bearing alternate heart-shaped or palmately lobed leaves and medium-sized sympetalous flowers. ...
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