Sweet potatoes have a creamy texture and a sweet-spicy flavour that makes them ideal for savoury dishes. There are two types, one with bright orange flesh, the other with pale cream flesh. Sweet potatoes are native to the tropical Americas and are sometimes referred to as 'yams' in the USA
Traditionally sweet potatoes have been baked, roasted or mashed, but they can also be added to risotto, pasta or curry.
Sweet potatoes are an excellent source of vitamin A. They are also a very good source of vitamin C and manganese. In addition, sweet potatoes are a good source of copper, dietary fibre, vitamin B6, potassium and iron.