Sweet Potato

Sweet Potato
(Ipomoea batatas)

Sweet Potato


Pick roots when the leaves turn yellow.


Can be frozen or dried for long storage.


  • Wash well before use.
  • Can be baked, boiled, steamed, or stewed whole with skins.
  • Young leaves and tips can be boiled or made into soup.
  • Can be dried in the sun after cooking.
  • (Secretariat of the Pacific Community, 1995).

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Sweet Potato

Sweet potato and their young leaves are eaten. The plant grows best with plenty of moisture and adequate drainage. The roots are light yellow to purple in skin color, and the flesh is white, pink, purple, or yellow (Bailey, 1992; Secretariat of the Pacific Community, 1995).

Traditional Names
  • Chamorro – kamuti
  • Chuukese – kamuti
  • Hawaiian – ʻuala
  • Kosraen – pihtuctuc
  • Marshallese – piteto tonal
  • Palauan – chemutii
  • Pohnpeian – pedehde
  • Samoan – umala
  • Yapese – kamotiy; kamut; gamwuti