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Boniato Sweet Potatoes
Inventory, 40 lbs : 3.00
This item was last sold on : 04/06/18
Boniato sweet potatoes are roughly ovate and tubular with lumps and tapered ends. Its skin color varies from dusty rose to light brown with purple patches and is often speckled with small, shallow eyes. Its inner flesh is creamy white offering a fluffy, dry, and starchy texture when cooked, similar to that of a white potato. Unlike yellow and orange-fleshed sweet potatoes, the Boniato sweet potato is not as sweet. When roasted whole, its best flavorings evolve within its skin, emitting a subtle sweetness and notes of chestnuts.
Boniato sweet potatoes are available year-round.
Boniato sweet potatoes, botanically classified as Ipomoea batatas, are one of the most popular sweet potatoes in Latin America and Asia today. Also known as Batata, Cuban sweet potato, White sweet potato, Kamuras, and Camote, there are multiple types of Boniato sweet potatoes, each varying slightly in exterior coloring, growing season, and tolerance to pests and disease. In recent years, the Boniato has also become a significant commercial crop in Florida to meet the demand of an increasing population of Cubans in southern Florida.
Boniato sweet potatoes are an excellent source of vitamin C, vitamin A, potassium, fiber, and antioxidants.
Boniato sweet potatoes are best suited for cooked applications such as baking, steaming, boiling, sautéing, roasting, and frying. They are popularly enjoyed in empanadas or mashed croquettes stuffed with savory ground beef. Boniato potatoes can also be mashed with fresh garlic for a side dish. Use cubed and roasted Boniato as a topping on flatbreads or a filling for tacos and puree for use in soups, stews, puddings, pies, and muffins. Boniato sweet potatoes pair well with red meats such as roast pork and grilled pork chops, raisins, pecans, bell peppers, eggplant, arugula, sage, and cilantro. Boniato sweet potatoes will keep a few days when stored in a cool, dry, and dark place. Do not refrigerate Boniato sweet potatoes as this can cause them to deteriorate faster.
In the United States, the term sweet potato is commonly associated with sweet orange-fleshed tubers, but in Central America, Latin America, and Asia, it is the white fleshed Boniato that has long been synonymous with sweet potato. It is said that Boniato owes its name to the early Spanish explorers of the Americas who upon finding the tuber discovered it was not poisonous. They named it after the Spanish word for “harmless” or “good,” an indication that the tuber was safe to eat.
The sweet potato is believed to have originated in tropical regions of the Western Hemisphere and was grown extensively throughout the continent well before the arrival of the Europeans. The Boniato is thought to have made its way to Asia via pre-Incan explorers traveling to the Easter Islands, and in time, the Boniato would become one of the staple food crops of Asia. Today nearly 90 percent of the world’s production of Boniato comes from Asia. Florida has also become a major producer, growing approximately 5000 acres of Boniato annually. Boniato sweet potatoes are sold predominately in international markets and specialty grocers and can be found in Asia, the United States, Cuba, and Central America.
Restaurants currently purchasing this product as an ingredient for their menu.
|Casa Qero||Cardiff CA||760-944-4200|
|Coast Catering||Escondido CA||619-295-3173|
Recipes that include Boniato Sweet Potatoes. One is easiest, three is harder.
|Love & Lemons||Sweet Potato Veggie Burgers|
|The Domestic Man||Mashed Boniato|
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