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Overview

Characteristics

Nutrition Information

Sweet Potato/Boniato

The sweet potato is a warm season root crop. In North America, sweet potatoes are often referred

to as “yams” to distinguish from the white variety of potato, but a sweet potato is not a yam, as they are botanically quite different. Yams belong to a different cultivar group, have rough, scaly skin and are very low in beta carotene. In contrast, sweet potatoes have smooth skin and are rich in beta carotene among other nutrients. Because the two words are used interchangeably in the United States (and Canada), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) requires “yam” labels to always be accompanied by “Sweet Potato” in an attempt to alleviate confusion. Actual yams are rarely found in North American supermarkets.

 

Sources: USDA, UC Davis Postharvest website

Type, Varieties & Cut

There are hundreds of varieties of sweet potatoes and not all are the familiar orange color. Some varieties are purple, others are white, and many are variations of the orange we typically see. The most popular variety planted in North Carolina, the top producer of sweet potatoes in the United States, is the Covington.

 

Sources: North Carolina SweetPotato Commission, USDA

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 5" long

 

Amount Per Serving

Calories from Fat 1Calories 112

 

% Daily Values*

Total Fat 0.06g  0%

   Saturated Fat 0.023g 0%

   Polyunsaturated Fat 0.018g

   Monounsaturated Fat 0.001g

Cholesterol 0mg 0%

Sodium 72mg 3%

Potassium 438mg

Total Carbohydrate 26.16g 9%

   Dietary Fiber 3.9g 16%

   Sugars 5.43g

Protein 2.04g

 

Vitamin A 369%  Vitamin C 5%

Calcium 4%  Iron 4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

 

Nutrition Values are based on USDA Nutrient Database SR18

 

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