H A L D A N E F A R M T O SCHOOL Farmer’s Choice: Thursday, April 28th Sweet Potatoes! Ipomoea batatas How did Sweet Potato get its name? A Taste of Sweet Potato History The word "Sweet Potato" comes from “batata.” Christopher Columbus learned this word from Sweet potatoes are as American as apple the Taino people of the Caribbean islands. pie. They are native to the tropical parts of Central and South America and were domesticated there at least 5,000 years ago. Just the Facts Sweet potatoes were an important part of Native Americans’ diets. When Columbus • Sweet potatoes are not potatoes. They are arrived on these shores in 1492, he and his roots. shipmates found sweet potatoes on the • The American "yam" is a copper-colored islands known as the West Indies and brought them back to Europe. sweet potato with a golden-red flesh that is moist when cooked. Sweet potatoes were cultivated by early American settlers. They were the main • Sweet potato flour can be added to wheat source of nourishment for early homestead- flour in any baked goods to make a healthier ers and for soldiers during the Revolution- snack. ary War. • Sweet potatoes grow in New York from July through October. But they are available all year round. Did you know? Sweet potatoes were once used to make • HIgh in Beta-Carotene (a special kind of glue for postal stamps! Vitamin A) and Vitamin C, sweet potatoes help your immune system fight disease. Sweet Potato joke • If you are feeling sick, help your body fight “I think” said the sweet potato, “therefore back by eating more sweet potatoes! I yam” • Go to the Cold Spring Farmers’ Market and Take a Poll try some this week! How many kids in your class eat sweet potatoes at Thanksgiving?