Sweet Potato

Fun Facts

  • Sweet potatoes are loaded with vitamin A. They’re also a good source of fiber, vitamin B6, and potassium.
  • Sweet potatoes can be long and thin or fat and chunky. They are orange, white, or even purple.
  • Potatoes and sweet potatoes aren’t related. Potatoes are in the deadly nightshade family; sweet potatoes are related to bindweed (morning glory). Potatoes are tubers, while sweet potatoes are roots.
  • Most of America’s sweet potatoes come from North Carolina.
  • George Washington grew sweet potatoes on his plantation.
  • Sweet potatoes came from Central or South America. Christopher Columbus’s men were the first Europeans thought to taste sweet potatoes.
  • Sweet potatoes need a long, warm growing season.



  1. Root: the part of a plant that carries nutrients from the soil to the plant
  2. Tuber: plant nodules that grow underground


Questions and Answers

Question: Are yams and sweet potatoes the same thing?

Answer: The “yams” you see in the grocery store are probably sweet potatoes. True yams grow in the Caribbean. They have a rough, scaly skin and they’re lower in nutrients than sweet potatoes.


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