Sweet potatoes or known in botanical term as ipomoea batatas is a root vegetable. The tuber of this potato plant is eaten boiled, baked and fried. The dried tubers are available as chips, puffs and mashed potatoes. And you can also get potato puree to add flavor to biscuits, muffins and pancakes. It is also sold as dog treats.
In Malaysia it is called ubi keledek and is added to savory dishes or used as fillings. The most popular way it is eaten is sliced and fried. A common dessert called pengat ubi is cooked by boiling the diced potatoes with yam in coconut milk and sugar. The leaves are cooked in coconut milk and served as a savory side dish.
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The health benefits of sweet potatoes come from the nutrients such as carbohydrates, protein, dietary fiber, vitamins and minerals. It contains a high amount of vitamin A in the form of beta carotene. The ones with the pinkish, yellowish and dark orange flesh have the higher amount of carotene compared to the white flesh.
Beta carotene is a powerful antioxidant and it helps destroy free radicals that can damage the human tissues. Among its health benefits are repairing body tissues, beneficial for vision and eye health and protect from infections.
Some of the important vitamins and minerals present are vitamin B5, vitamin B6, folate or vitamin B9, vitamin C, iron, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and potassium. Because of its wholesome nutrients, it is also available as baby food.
You can bake or grill the tuber with the skin and remove it once it is cooked. It is easy to peel it off. But for other methods of cooking, it's better to remove the skin.