Sweet potatoes aren't related to white potatoes at all, but are in the morning glory family. One of the oldest known vegetables, the sweet potato is native to the New World and has been found in pre-Incan ruins in Peru. Columbus brought sweet potatoes to Europe after his first voyage in 1492. They were a popular aphrodisiac in Shakespeare's day. North Carolina is the leading sweet potato producer in the U.S., followed by California, Louisiana, and Mississippi.
- ranked by food scientists as the most nutritious of all vegetables
- excellent source of minerals such as potassium, iron, manganese, and copper
- a perfect blend of everything needed for long-lasting energy
- abundant in the "cancer-fighting ninjas" - quercetin and chlorogenic acid