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Sweet potato

Pronounce it: sweet po-tate-toe

Sweet potatoes have a creamy texture and a sweet-spicy flavour that makes them ideal for savoury dishes. There are two types, one with bright orange flesh, the other with pale cream flesh.

Sweet potatoes are native to the tropical Americas and are sometimes referred to as 'yams' in the USA. These tubers are rich in fibre, vitamins A, C and B6, and an excellent source of carbohydrates. The orange-fleshed variety are also rich in betacarotene.

Sweet potatoes have traditionally been baked, roasted or mashed, but they can also be added to risotto, pasta or curry.

Availability

Peak season for sweet potatoes is October to March.

Choose the best

Try to choose small to medium-sized sweet potatoes with unblemished skins, as they will be more tender when cooked.

Prepare it

Unless your sweet potatoes are particularly small and smooth, remove the skins with a peeler as they are often well-travelled and can be tough.

Store it

Store in a cool, dark place and use within a week of purchase.

Sweet potatoes are a versatile ingredient and can be used in both sweet and savoury preparations. Utilised whole they can be steamed, baked or roasted. Sliced thin they can be saut©ed or layered into lasagne, ratatouille, or casseroles.

Sweet potato wedges

Sweet potato wedges

By Brian Turner

A root vegetable that resembles a potato, although it is quite different in taste and texture (and is not related to the potato). It has a pinkish-orange skin and a deep-orange, creamy-textured flesh that's much lighter and fluffier than that of the potato. Sweet potatoes have a slightly sweet flavour (as their name suggests). They're baked and topped with marshmallows at the American Thanksgiving table.

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Preparation

Sweet potatoes can be cooked in similar ways to the potato but cook much more quickly. Bake, mash or roast sweet potatoes, or use them in vegetable soups and bakes. Alternatively, add them to risottos, pasta dishes and curries.

Preparation

Sweet potatoes can be cooked in similar ways to the potato but cook much more quickly. Bake, mash or roast sweet potatoes, or use them in vegetable soups and bakes. Alternatively, add them to risottos, pasta dishes and curries.

Light meals and snacks

Starters and nibbles

Side dishes

Desserts

Cakes and baking

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