Sweet Potato Varieties
World-wide there are about 6,500 sweet potato varieties including wild accessions, farmer varieties, and breeding lines. Source - International Potato Center (CIP)
Sweet potato skin colors come in various shades of creamy white, yellow-orange, tan, reddish-purple and red.
Sweet potato flesh colors come in shades of orange, yellow-orange, white, purple and red.
Below are descriptions for some sweet potato - yam varieties found in North America. Link to a chart that shows skin colors and flesh colors for over 100 popular sweet potato varieties.
Sweet potatoes come in many different shapes and sizes too!
Some orange-flesh sweet potato varieties include:
Nemagold, Centennial, Southern Delite, Hernandez, Regal, Bush, Travis, Excel, Vardaman.
Some cream-colored or white-flesh sweet potato varieties include:
Star Leaf (known generically as Boniato), White Delight, Nancy Hall, Sumor, Picadita, Campeon.
Most of the sweet potatoes produced in the U.S. are either Beauregard or Jewell (see descriptions of these and some other popular sweetpotato varieties in chart below).
Varieties of sweet potatoes discovered by a friend shopping a Philadelphia (Chestnut Hill) farmers' market October 2013. Thanks Charlotte B.!
Sweet Potato Name & Origin / Skin Color / Flesh Color
Allgold (Oklahoma) / Tan / Orange
Apache / Pale Orange / Pale Orange
Beauregard (Louisiana) / Rose / Orange
Brinkley White / Creamy White / Creamy
Bunch Porto Rico / Yellow-Orange / Yellow-Orange
Carolina Ruby (No Carolina) / Dark Red-Purple Red / Dark Orange
Centennial / Copper / Pale Orange
Cherokee / Bright Copper / Orange
Continental Red / Pink-Red / Light Orange
Cordner (Texas) / Copper / Medium Orange
Cordner's Red (Oklahoma) / Purple Red / Orange
Dianne / Reddish / Dark Orange
Garnet / Red / Orange
Georgia Jet / Purple Red / Light Orange
Hayman (Eastern Shore) / Cream-Tan / Yellow-Greenish (cooked)
Hernandez (Louisiana) / Burnt Orange / Deep Orange
Jewell (No Carolina) / Copper / Deep Orange
Porto Rico (No Carolina) / Rose-pink / Orange Mottled
White Delight (Georgia) / Purplish-pink / White
Pictures - Photos of Sweet Potato Varieties and Types
White Hamon Sweet Potatoes
Here's a picture of White Hamon sweet potatoes at a local market. I was delighted to discover these White Hamon sweet potatoes because rarely do city food markets provide varieties other than Jewel or Beauregard. I bought several and made a root vegetable dish with them. The recipe, which includes sweet potatoes, parsnips, rutabagas, sweet onions, carrots, white radishes, white beets and turnips, in varying combinations, is featured on this site's recipe page
. I've included a photo of the sauteed root vegetables, which are delicious roasted too.
The Duck Creek Farms'
website provides descriptions of many of the 150 varieties of sweet potatoes that they will be providing for shipment from late spring till early summer.
See some of Duck Creek Farms' 150 sweet potato varieties for 2013
Email them at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about ordering.
The Wayne E. Bailey Produce Company's website provides some more background, description and pictures of other sweet potato varieties including several Asian ones.
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