Serve Up Sweet Potatoes

You often find sweet potatoes served as a side dish at holiday meals but they are too delicious and nutritious to enjoy only a few times a year. Sweet potatoes, which are often labeled as yams, are actually from a different botanical family than yams. Sweet Potatoes are from the Convolvulacea or morning glory family. Yams, which are starchier and drier than sweet potatoes, are from the Dioscoreaceae or Yam family. 

 When it comes to nutrition, sweet potatoes are fat and cholesterol free and low in sodium and calories providing only 100 calories per medium sized potato. They are also rich in vitamins A and C and provide a good source of fiber and potassium. 

 When selecting sweet potatoes, look for those that are firm with smooth skin and small to medium in size. Avoid those with cracks, soft spots or blemishes. To store, keep them in a cool and dark spot and use within 3-5 weeks. 

Click here for the Top 10 Ways to Enjoy Sweet Potatoes. 

 Sources: www.fruitsandveggiesmorematters.com and www.loc.gov

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