Sweet Potato, New Wrinkles
Marty Martindale

We used to associate sweet potatoes with the south, but now they are a strong alternative potato sweetspudeveer.rywhere in the U.S. Also changed is what we call sweet potatoes. We used to differentiate between “yams” and “sweet potatoes,” seemingly very different. This situation has been “solved” by declaring they be labeled “yam sweet potato.” No longer is it profitable to seek the very roundish sweet potato with a distinctively yellow, NOT ORANGE, center. 

Some of the newer things being done with sweet potatoes involve shaping them. There are a number of spiral slicer tools on the market to make noodle-like strands from sweet potatoes and other vegetables. One is the Paderno World Cuisine Spiral Vegetable Slicer, and there are several others. With them, the sweet potato is peeled, then put through the tool to become either large or small strands or very thin slices. These are then sautéed in butter until softer. Some add fruit slices to the mixture and top it with brown sugar.

Below is a list of the different names for sweet potatoes many countries use. It was compiled by SweetPotatoes.com.

  • China: fan shu
  • Fiji: kumala
  • India: shakar-kandi
  • Indonesia: ubi-jalar                              
  • Japan: Satsuma imo                  
  • Malaysia: keledek
  • Philippines: kamote
  • Sri Lanka: bath-ala
  • Thailand: man-thet


As is true of so many tubers sweet potatoes come to us from as far back as 8000 BC, from the Peruvian peoples of South America.

Sweet potatoes are rich in vitamin C, B6 and A.

Do not store sweet potatoes in your refrigerator, instead store at room temperature where air circulation is good.


Like banana bread or cake, there are recipes for Sweet Potato Bread, Sweet Potato Ice Cream and Sweet Potato candy. Use your imagination.

  • Adobo sauce
  • Baked
  • Baked fries
  • Basil butter
  • Blue cheese
  • Brown sugar
  • Casserole
  • Cheese-filled, baked potato
  • Cinnamon
  • Frittatas
  • Hasselback sweet potatoes
  • Juiced
  • Maple syrup
  • Marron glace
  • Marshmallows
  • Mashed
  • Microwaved
  • Molasses
  • Orange juice/zest
  • Pecans
  • Pineapple
  • Slices fried in bacon fat
  • Steamed/boiled
  • Stir frys
  • Sweet potato chips
  • Sweet potato patties/hash browns
  • Sweet potato pie
  • Whiskey

Foodsites with sweet potato recipes:




Marty Martindale

About Marty Martindale

Foodsite Magazine and Marty aim to help the cooking-challenged avoid dependence on others due to lack of cooking knowhow. We concentrate on quick breakfasts, portable lunches and “good-4-u” night meals. With readily available web translation, the magazine explains separate foods, a little of their history, their nutrition, suggested “go-withs,” serving ideas and links to foodsites with recipes.

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