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sweet potato,

trailing perennial plant (Ipomoea batatas) of the family Convolvulaceae (morning glorymorning glory,
common name for members of the Convolvulaceae, a family of herbs, shrubs, and small trees (many of them climbing forms) inhabiting warm regions, especially the tropics of America and Asia. The family is characterized by milky sap.
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 family), native to the New World tropics. Cultivated from ancient times by the Aztecs for its edible tubers, it was introduced into Europe in the 16th cent. and later spread to Asia. It is now the most important of tropical root crops and is grown in many varieties (differentiated by their leaf shapes). In the United States it is cultivated chiefly in the South, though a few hardy varieties are grown as far north as Massachusetts. Sweet potatoes are used mostly for human consumption but are sometimes fed to swine. They yield starch, flour, glucose, and alcohol and are especially rich in vitamin A. The sweet potato is sometimes confused with the yamyam,
common name for some members of the Dioscoreaceae, a family of tropical and subtropical climbing herbs or shrubs with starchy rhizomes often cultivated for food. The largest genus, Dioscorea, is commercially important in East Asia and in tropical America.
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, which belongs to another family. Sweet potatoes are classified in the division MagnoliophytaMagnoliophyta
, division of the plant kingdom consisting of those organisms commonly called the flowering plants, or angiosperms. The angiosperms have leaves, stems, and roots, and vascular, or conducting, tissue (xylem and phloem).
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, class Magnoliopsida, order Solanales, family Convolvulaceae.
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sweet potato

Not related to potato or yam. More nutritious than potato. Color is usually orange, but can also be red, purple, yellow, pink, or even white. Unlike potatoes, which have poisonous leaves, sweet potato leaves are edible. Putting a sweet potato in water on window-sill, will grow edible greens throughout winter for you. They don’t like frost, cold or refrigerators, so store them in warm, dry place. Rich in complex carbs (energy), Protein, fiber(cleans digestive tract, feeds probiotics), magnesium (stress, hormones), vitamin C (antioxidant), B6 and potassium (heart), D (mood), A and carotene (eyes, immunity), iron(white and red blood cells, oxygen), calcium and even helps stabilize blood sugar levels (good for diabetics) despite the word “sweet” in the name. Good for skin collagen, stress, Can be eaten raw, dehydrated into chips, steamed, mashed etc. Leaves make salad.
Edible Plant Guide © 2012 Markus Rothkranz
The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Sweet Potato


(Ipomoea batatas), a species of rhizocarpous plants of the genus Ipomoea, of the bindweed family. In the tropics it is cultivated as a perennial; in the subtropics, in annual cultures. The stalks (runners) are procumbent and 1–5 m long; the leaves, whole and palmatilo-bate, and the flowers, pink or white, large, and funnelshaped. There is cross-pollination. The fruit is a four-seed boll and seeds are black or brown, 3.5–4.5 mm in diameter. The sweet potato forms a nest of root tubers of various forms and coloring, which contain 24–28 percent starch and sugar when ripe. The tubers weigh from 200 g to 3 kg and even 10 kg (sometimes more). Sweet potatoes can be multiplied from the shoots of sprouted tubers and sections of the runners. The plant normally grows and develops in temperatures no lower than 20° c, optimally 25°–30° C. Sweet potato tubers are used as food; processed into preserves, flour, starch, and syrup; and used to feed livestock. The greens are a highly nutritious feed. The native home of the sweet potato is Mexico and Central America. Its cultivation is widespread in India, Indonesia, China, Japan, Spain, Italy, and the Usa. In 1965 the world planting of sweet potatoes (together with yams) was 16 million hectares and the average yield was 67 centners per hectare (from 50 centners in the Philippines to 198 centners in Japan). In the Ussr sweet potatoes are grown only in experimental plantings in Turkmenia and Georgia, where the yield is 400–600 centners per hectare.


Aronov, V. L. Kul’tura batata v SSSR. Moscow-Leningrad, 1935.
Siniagin, I. I. “Kul’tura batata v subtropicheskikh i tropicheskikh stranakh.” Sel’skoe khoziaistvo za rubezhom: Rastenievodstvo, 1962, no. 3.


The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

sweet potato

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Ipomoea batatas. A tropical vine having variously shaped leaves, purplish flowers, and a sweet, fleshy, edible tuberous root.
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sweet potato

a convolvulaceous twining plant, Ipomoea batatas, of tropical America, cultivated in the tropics for its edible fleshy yellow root
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Effect of feeding napier grass, lucerne and sweet potato vines as sole diets to dairy heifers on nutrient intake, weight gain and rumen degradation.
The aim of the present study was to evaluate the effects of replacing 70% of the protein from fish meal by protein from ensiled or dry cassava leaves and sweet potato vines on the performance and carcass characters of growing F1 (Large WhitexMong Cai) pigs in Central Vietnam.
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The ensiled cassava leaves (ECL) or ensiled sweet potato vines (ESPV) were removed from the plastic bags daily and were mixed with the other dietary ingredients (rice bran, maize meal, ensiled cassava root (ECR), fish meal (FM), premix and soybean oil) at the time of feeding.
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Linda also propagates all her own canna and sweet potato vines. She preserves the red canna rhizomes in the basement for the winter.