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Often mistaken for yams, though a very different vegetable, sweet potatoes can range from pale yellow to vivid orange to purple. The orange-hued varieties contain a stunning amount of beta-carotene. In the body, this antioxidant is converted to vitamin A, which plays a vital role in immune system, eye, and bone health. Sweet potatoes also provide healthful doses of fiber, blood pressure-lowering potassium, and vitamin B6, which may help reduce inflammation and cut colon cancer risk.
Choose It & Use It
Sweet potatoes are available year-round but are at their peak from October to December. Choose firm potatoes that are free of cracks or soft spots. Refrigeration negatively alters their taste, so store in a cool, dark pantry. Add to casseroles, stews, or roasted veggie medleys.