potato, sweet

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Tubers of the herbaceous climbing plant Ipomoea batatas, known in Britain before the Irish potato (see potato, Irish). Also known as kumara. The flesh may be white, yellow, or pink (if carotene is present); the leaves are also edible. A 200‐g portion is a rich source of vitamins A (as carotene if pink) and C; a source of iron and vitamin B1; provides 4.5 g of dietary fibre; contains 0.4 g of fat, of which 16% is saturated; supplies 170 kcal (700 kJ).

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