What am I?
I am a starchy root vegetable that is often used in cooking and baking. My skin can be red, brown, or purple, and my flesh is typically orange or yellow but can be white or purple.
I have a slightly sweet taste and a creamy texture that makes me popular in all sorts of dishes.
Where I grow
I grow underground in the dirt. I grow in many different regions around the world now, but I come from Peru in South America. I thrive in warm climates with plenty of sunshine. I'm often grown in fields or gardens, where my vines can spread out and produce lots of tasty tubers.
I'm a hardy plant that can survive in many different types of soil, from sandy to clay.
After I'm picked
After I am harvested by hand or by machine, I am cleaned and sorted to make sure that only the best vegetables make it to the store. Some people like to eat me baked or roasted, while others like to use me in recipes like pies, casseroles, and even fries. I'm a versatile vegetable that can be used in all sorts of dishes, from sweet to savory. Give me a try and see what you can create!
Did you guess... Sweet Potato
Some people call me yam, but I yam a sweet potato! Learn the interesting differences between yams and sweet potatoes here.
Do you like sweet potatoes? What's your favorite way to eat it?
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