Purple Sweet Potatoes, also commonly known as Purple Yam or Dioscorea alata in Latin is a species of a tuber. The color ranges from vivid-violet purple to a lavender purple. This species of potato has been naturalized in different continents such as South America, Australia, and Africa, as well as the South-eastern U.S. Because of this, it has many different names for each region it is grown in.
- Kingdom: Plantae
- Order: Dioscoreales
- Family: Dioscoreaceae
- Genus: Dioscorea
- Species: D. alata
- Binomial Name: Dioscorea alata
Purple Sweet Potato Trivia
- Even though the vegetable is known for its purple color, it can also sometimes be white.
- This species of potato has been used by humans since ancient times.
- At the moment, the leading producer of Purple Sweet Potatoes is in West Africa