Sweet Potato

Appears in
Zarela's Veracruz: Mexico's Simplest Cuisine

By Zarela Martínez

Published 2001

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Originally from South America, this became a favorite vegetable throughout the Spanish Caribbean. In Veracruzan markets, sweet potatoes come in several colors, including a startling purple, deep orange, pale orange-yellow, and nearly white. (This last is often called by the Cuban name of boniato instead of the regular Mexican term, camote.) They can be simply boiled and mashed like yuca.