Did you know that Sweet Potatoes are one of the oldest vegetables known to mankind?
Scientists believe that sweet potatoes were domesticated thousands of years ago in Central America. After his first voyage to the Americas in 1492, Christopher Columbus took sweet potatoes back home to Europe. The crop was introduced into China in the late 16th century and spread to Asia, Africa and Latin America during the 17th and 18th centuries. It's hearty and easy to grow. Sweet potato is actually not a potato and yams and sweet potatoes are not the same. Sweet potatoes are from the Morning Glory plant family. Its correct spelling is: sweetpotato. One word. Worldwide, there are over 6500 varieties of sweet potatoes. Sweet potatoes may just protect you from stroke, heart disease, cancer and Alzheimer's disease. The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) is a non-profit, independent organization compares the nutritional values of sweet potatoes to all other vegetables. Considering fiber, complex carbs, proteins, vitamins A and C, Iron, Calcium, the sweet potato ranked highest in nutritional value.
Have you had a sweet potato today?