Today’s blog post is going to be dedicated to potatoes. Sweet potatoes, to be more exact. And why, over here at the Moldovan household we love them!
Some sweet facts about the SWEETPOTATO
- Sweet POTATO (Ipomoea Batatas), although called potato, is only distantly related to the potato (Solanum Tuberosum) and is not a member of the nightshade family.
- In many english speaking parts of the world, sweet potatoes are also called yams, however, they are distinctively different in their botanical properties from a genuine yam – so don’t get them confused!
- The origin and domestication of the sweet potato is thought to be either in central or south america. In central america, sweet potato was domesticated at least 5000 years ago, whereas in South America, peruvian remnants date the sweet potato back to 8000 BC, so a very long time!
- The correct spelling is in fact ‘sweetpotato’ – yes, it’s one word, so cool right?!
- It is one of the oldest vegetables known to mankind.
- The first Europeans to taste sweet potato were those who were on the voyage with Christoper Columbus in 1492, he then bought them back over to his home country England.
- It is now grown in more developing countries for it’s health properties than any other root crop.
Now more importantly, why I L O V E sweetpotato and why it is found daily in my diet..
- It has a superior ability to raise our Vitamin A levels.
- It is a standout antioxidant food, containing the major antioxidant beta-carotene.
- Anthocyanin and other colour related pigments highly present in the flesh means that this tuber is a great anti-inflammatory ingredient.
- They are a good source of vitamin C, which means that not only is it great for immunity but this vitamin also plays a crucial role in tooth formation, digestion and blood cell formation.
- They are naturally so sweet, hence make the perfect dessert if you are on a diet, however, they do not cause blood sugar spikes as the natural sugars are slowly released into the blood stream – therefore no fatigue/weight gain issues after eating your sweetpotato dessert!
- Naturally high in magnesium, potassium and Vitamin D, the essential minerals for moods, energy and overall health.
- Complex carbohydrate, the reason I love this complex carbohydrate better than any others is that it is a SWEET complex carb. So instead of eating brown rice, or wholewheat pasta, or even oatmeal (which without any add ons is not sweet at all), I can eat sweetpotato, get my sweet fix and my carb intake for the day, just perfect.
- They are super versatile, you can eat them roasted, boiled, steamed, microwaved, fried, deep fried, mashed, you can literally do anything you want with them. Although they are sweet, it doesn’t necessarily mean that it has to be eaten as a sweet item or in dessert form, there are endless recipes to eat it in savoury form too!
Boost your health, stick to your diet and savour the goodness of the sweetpotato!