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Sweet Potato
Sweet potato in flower
Hemingway, South Carolina
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Solanales
Family: Convolvulaceae
Genus: Ipomoea
Species: I. batatas
Binomial name
Ipomoea batatas
(L.) Lam.

The Sweet Potato (Ipomoea batatas) is a plant that is a member of the morning glory family, grown for its sweet, edible, tuberous roots. Sweet potatoes contain a lot of fiber and beta-Carotene. They are eaten around the world.


In Peru, the use of sweet potatoes dates to 8000 BC.[1]

Sweet potatoes were introduced a food crop in Japan in 1735[2] and in Korea in 1764.[3]


  1. Steingold, Alison Clare. "The Uber Tuber," Hana Hou! Vol. 11, No. 4, p. 2 (August/September 2008); retrieved 2012-1-6.
  2. Takekoshi, Yosaburō. (1930). Economic Aspects of the History of the Civilization of Japan, p. 352.
  3. Kim, Jinwung. (2012). A History of Korea: From 'Land of the Morning Calm' to States in Conflict, p. 255.