Sweet potatoes are no relation to European potatoes or yams, although they are often called "yams" in the U.S. They're a genuine "super food"—1 cup of baked sweet potato contains around 770% of the daily allowance of vitamin A! Sweet potatoes generally fall into two types: the white or yellow dry-fleshed type are higher in starch; the garnet, red, purple, or orange type have a moist quality and are higher in sugar. They caramelize exceptionally well. Light-colored sweet potatoes definitely have their uses, but the colorful ones have more beta-carotene. A highly nutritious food, whatever you call them.
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