The sweet potato is a vine whose large, starchy,
sweet-tasting tuberous roots are an important root vegetable. The young
leaves and shoots are sometimes eaten as greens. The sweet potato is
only distantly related to the potato (Solanum tuberosum)The genus
Ipomoea that contains the sweet potato also includes several garden
flowers called morning glories, though that term is not usually
extended to Ipomoea batatas. Some cultivars of Ipomoea batatas are
grown as houseplants because of its attractive foilage. It is a
perennial vine, bearing alternate heart-shaped or palmately lobed
leaves and medium-sized morning-glory like flowers that are white in
color with a purple throat. The edible tuberous root is long and
tapered, with a smooth skin whose color ranges between red, purple,
brown and white. Its flesh ranges between white, yellow, orange, and
purple. The root is eaten roasted or boiled in India.
Identification credit: Tabish
Photographed in Delhi.
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