Sweet Potato (Shakarkandi)
Sweet potato is a root vegetable. It is a dicotyledonous plant which is characterized by its seed having two embryonic leaves better known as cotyledons and belongs to the family Convolvulaceae. Sweet potato’s scientific name is Ipomoea Batatas. It is not really related to regular potato (Solanum Tuberosum) though they appear so. But both belong to the same taxonomic order Solanales. Sweet potato is native to American Tropic regions and tastes mild to moderate sweet. Variants with white flesh are less sweet and moist as compared to the pink or red flesh which is very sweet.
Nutritional Value of Sweet Potato (Shakarkandi)
Sweet potato is one of the top 10 natural foods with a high nutrient value other than Maize, White and Brown Rice, Wheat, Cassava, Soybean, etc.
Sweet potato has also been found to have higher nutrient density than cereals. As for the nutritional facts, sweet potato contains 86 calories per 100 grams. The total fat content per 100 grams is 0.1 g with no saturated, polyunsaturated or monounsaturated fat. It also does not contain any cholesterol. Sweet potato is an excellent source of Vitamin A and a good source of potassium, sodium, carbohydrate, and fibre.