Sweet potato

 Sweet potato

Season: Best from October to March

The dense, sweet-tasting, orange-fleshed sweet potato is a dramatically different starchy vegetable to the potato. It is, in truth, no relation to the potato at all, though it can be baked, roasted or mashed. It is a variety of yam, and usually the best – those huge white or yellow-fleshed yams can be insipid and rather waxy (an acquired taste is the polite expression).

All these vegetables tend to be well travelled and their exteriors get a bit leathery in the process, so it is best to take the skin off with a peeler, the exception being the smallest, perkiest sweet potatoes, which can be baked in their jackets.

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