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How to cook Sweet potatoes

Sweet potatoes cook more quickly than common potatoes. They are often roasted, baked, steamed or boiled. They can also be chipped and mashed. You can also chop sweet potatoes into pieces and add them to stews, soups or risottos. They work very well in spicy dishes such as curries. In the United States, sweet potatoes are used to make a sweet pie commonly eaten at Thanksgiving. The leaves and stem are also edible.

WATCH: Lemon chicken & smashed sweet potato

READ: Why sweet potato is healthy


Sweet potato is a tropical root vegetable from a plant family called Ipomoea, which includes a popular flower called Morning Glory.

The sweet potato is not closely related to the common potato. In fact, it belongs to an entirely different plant family.

In the United States, a traditional dish for Thanksgiving celebrations in November is sweet potatoes baked with a marshmallow topping.

An American inventor called George Washington Carver, who was born into slavery, discovered dozens of clever uses for the sweet potato, including making a glue to stick stamps onto letters.

What are the health benefits?

Sweet potato is a great source of vitamin A. Vitamin A helps to keep our skin healthy and sight working properly. One 250g baked sweet potato contains more than 70% of our recommended daily vitamin C intake!