Sweet Potato Varieties




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 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 2014.

Email them at duckcreekfarms@aol.com 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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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 …

Japanese 
Sweet potatoes are better for you and having a white flesh makes it easier to disguise them for the hubby and kids; and, then they actually started liking …

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 …

Beauregard 
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 …

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 …

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Cultures and Languages Sweet Potatoes


Albanian: Patate te embel

BURMESE: Myonk ni

CHINESE: Fan shu (Faan syu), Bai shu, Gan shu (kan chou)

DANISH: Sød kartoffel, Batat

DUTCH: Zoete aardappel, Bataat

ENGLISH: Sweet potato (USA), Sweetpotato, Yam (USA), Kumara (NZ)

FRENCH: Patate douce

GERMAN: Süßkartoffel, Suesskartoffel, Batate

MALAY: Ubi jalar (Indonesia)

ITALIAN: Patata dolce

JAPANESE: Satsuma imo, Ryuukyuu imo, Kara imo, Kan sho, Yamiamo, Murasaki imo

KOREAN: Ko gu ma

LAOTIAN: Man kè:w

NORWEGIAN: Søtpoteter

PORTUGUESE: Batata doce, Batata da ilha (Brazil)

SPANISH: Batata, Boniato, Camote (Latin America), Cumala huasca, Cumal huasca, Cumara, Curiti, Jarissi jabo, Kamote (Philippines)

SUNDANESE: Huwi boled

THAI: Man thet

VIETNAMESE: Khoai lang, Khoai mon