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.
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 Beauregardor 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
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 varieties of sweet potatoes that they will be providing for shipment from late spring till early summer. See some of Duck Creek Farms' sweet potato varieties for 2015.
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 varietiesincluding several Asian ones.
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Carolina Red/dark ruby Sweet Potatoes
This potato has a natural sweetness and needs only spices and butter.
Okinawan Sweet Potato
Okinawan Sweet Potatoes have a dry, fluffy, beautifully colored purple flesh that taste like maple syrup on pancakes. The potatoes are quite dense and …
Forked Leaf Yam
Forked-Leaf yam is an old variety of sweet potato that I can't find anymore. Was a good eating sweet potato that we planted in home gardens......
Don't Know the Name of Sweet Potato That Tastes Like Chestnuts
I love them because when I eat them I feel like I'm eating chestnuts. They really taste like chestnuts. I love them. I don't always find them and also …
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Satsuma-imo sweet potato
I haven't tried very many types of sweet potato, but I love the Satsuma-imo (commonly known as Japanese yam) because it has a wonderful flavor and texture …
Very sweet, bright orange color, tastes delicious. I prefer a small, smooth potato for baking. But a larger one is good for candying.
Hayman/VERY sweet and moist
Although they will win no awards for size or beauty, their flavor/sweetness is unequaled. Although they are not included in your varieties list they should …
Beauregard Not rated yet
Very good flavor with no bitterness
White Hamon Sweet Potatoes Not rated yet
Its really good and grown in some parts of Guyana :-)
Japanese Sweet Potatoes Not rated yet
They have a nice texture, are sweeter than any other sweet potato. Mashed with vanilla and coconut milk, they don't even need sugar added!
Nancy Hall Not rated yet
Nancy Hall sweet potatoes taste delicious when baked and also make very good candied potatoes. The flavor is better than any other I have had. They are …
Brown Horse Sweet Potatoes Not rated yet
I was visiting family in Kentucky where they grow this odd color woody brown skin sweet potato, with very sweet dark red flesh - I fell in love with them. …
Malaysian Farmers' Market Sweet Potato Not rated yet
Today I bought from my Malaysian farmers' market the orange hue inside the red skin Sweet potato. It tasted like butter. Has anyone tried that variety …
WHITE HAYMAN Not rated yet
I lived my entire life (70+years) thinking 'sweet potatoes' were orange - until I moved to Southern California from the East Coast and discovered the Hayman …
Garnet Sweet Potatoes Not rated yet
This variety has a sweet taste!
O'Henry Sweet Potato Not rated yet
It, O'Henry Sweet Potato, is awesomely tasty!!
O'Henry - Sweet Potato Not rated yet
This sweet potato has an outstanding taste.
All Types Not rated yet
I like them all because of their colors, and the origins they have.
O-Henry Not rated yet
I love this white flesh sweet potato. They (O Henry) bake dryer than most varieties; butter and brown sugar are absorbed nicely into the flesh.
Boniato Sweet Potato Not rated yet
They have a red skin and white flesh. Their texture is in between a dry white baking potato and a moist orange sweet potato. I like them because they …