Sweet potatoes are herbaceous vines that grow horizontally and belong to the morning glory family. They’re typically grown as perennial plants in warm climates and as annual plants in cold climates. They originated from Central and South America and were cultivated as early as 8,000 B.C as a food source as well as for ornamental purposes.
Although they share the name and look similar, sweet potatoes are not closely related to potatoes and yams. The juice of sweet potatoes can be used for dye production that ranges in colors from purple to black. Sweet potatoes can also be used for producing rubber, ink, and glue.
Sweet Potatoes Nutrition Facts Chart
Now let’s jump into your sweet potato options.
1. Apache Sweet Potatoes
Apache sweet potatoes have pale orange skin and pale orange flesh, and they are very tasty as well.
2. Beauregard Sweet Potatoes
These sweet potatoes originated in Louisiana and have dark orange or copper-colored skin and very uniform shape. They mature in roughly 100 days and are a fairly new variety, although they are already very popular with farmers. They also produce high yields and are subject to very little cracking.
3. Brown Horse Sweet Potatoes
With an oddly-colored skin that is a woody brown color, this type of sweet potato has dark red flesh that is extremely sweet. They are not the easiest type of sweet potatoes to find, but they are extremely popular with lovers of sweet potatoes.
4. “Bunch” Porto Rico Sweet Potatoes
Also known as Vineless or Bush sweet potatoes, you can grow these even if your growing space is small. The flesh is light red and the outside is a copper color. They have a delicious flavor and are especially good when baked.
5. Carolina Bunch Sweet Potatoes
Developed in South Carolina, these sweet potatoes have a uniform shape and skin that is smooth and bright to light copper in color. The flesh itself is deep orange, and this variety is a vigorous plant that matures in approximately 120 days.
6. Centennial Sweet Potatoes
With a soft flesh and a medium to large shape, this type of sweet potato has a deep orange flesh that can make anyone’s table more colorful. Because of its versatility in various dishes, this is a favorite amongst growers of sweet potatoes.
7. Covington Sweet Potatoes
This is a new variety originating in North Carolina, and it has deep orange flesh and a beautiful appearance. It is a delicious sweet potato and is very popular among growers.
8. Darby Sweet Potatoes
Darby sweet potatoes have dark red skin and deep orange flesh. They are uniform in shape, very tasty, and when you bake them, their flesh becomes very soft and juicy.
9. Evangeline Sweet Potatoes
This is a new variety from Louisiana, and they have the skin of a rose color and very moist, deep orange flesh.
10. Excel Sweet Potatoes
This sweet potato has orange flesh and skin that is light copper in color. It has a natural resistance to insects and grows vigorously. It was developed by a university in South Carolina.
11. Georgia Jet Sweet Potatoes
These sweet potatoes grow extremely quickly and are specially designed for northern gardens. They have a very rich flavor and outside skin that is a reddish-purple color.
12. Ginseng Red Sweet Potatoes
Ginseng Red sweet potatoes have smooth skin and a lovely spindle shape. Their flesh is a bright orange color and they are perfect for growers who don’t have much room in their garden.
13. Hannah Sweet Potatoes
These sweet potatoes are smooth, cream-colored potatoes that have a sweet taste and a cream-colored flesh that gets more yellow when you bake it. Considered a firm or dry type of sweet potato, Hannah is still an attractive and popular type of vegetable.
14. Hayman Sweet Potatoes
Hayman sweet potatoes are extremely moist and sweet, and they have a greenish-yellow flesh. These are not to be confused with White Hayman sweet potatoes, which are somewhat dry and not very sweet.
15. Hernandez Sweet Potatoes
Originating in Louisiana, this type of sweet potato matures slowly, taking up to 125 days to be ready to harvest. With a deep-orange flesh and red skin, the Hernandez sweet potato is moderately resistant to diseases such as fusarium wilt, and it is an excellent sweet potato for baking.
16. Jersey (Yellow Jersey) Sweet Potatoes
Known as either Jersey or Yellow Jersey sweet potatoes, these vegetables have a golden-yellow skin that often fades to tan after they’ve been stored for a bit. The flesh is either creamy white or bright yellow, and the potato has a sweet taste that you can enjoy just from steaming it.
17. Jewel Sweet Potatoes
Many experts consider this type of sweet potato to be the most versatile, and it does great when steamed, baked, or placed in salads. It has a copper-colored skin and moist flesh that is bright orange in color, and this variety takes approximately 135 days to mature.
18. Kotobuki Sweet Potatoes
Originating in Japan, these sweet potatoes have reddish-brown flesh and a slightly nutty flavor. Outside of certain types of Asian cooking, these potatoes are not usually used because of their dryness; however, they are perfect for stir-fry dishes and tempura, among others.
19. Kumara Sweet Potatoes
Mostly cultivated in New Zealand, these sweet potatoes have been around for a very long time and are still the third most popular vegetable among New Zealand citizens.
20. Nancy Hall Sweet Potatoes
These sweet potatoes have been around since the 1930s, and they have light-colored skin and yellow flesh. When you bake them, these sweet potatoes are very sweet, making them very popular even though they are not one of the most attractive sweet potatoes in existence.
21. New Jewel Sweet Potatoes
With beautiful rosy-red skin and deep orange flesh, this sweet potato is absolutely delicious and produces large amounts when planted. In fact, this type of sweet potato has won numerous international awards because of its color and taste.
22. Okinawa Sweet Potatoes
These sweet potatoes have light brown skin and flesh that is a unique shade of purple and is very sweet and nutritious. Perfect for baking and use in various stir-fry dishes, it retains its beautiful purple color even when you bake it.
23. O’Henry Sweet Potatoes
O’Henry sweet potatoes have white flesh and are a hybrid type of vegetable. These potatoes produce a lot of yields and mature in only 90 days. They are also very resistant to diseases that other white varieties are not.
24. Oriental Sweet Potatoes
Also called the Japanese sweet potato, this variety has a purplish-pink skin and is bright and white on the inside. Its nutty flavor makes it a popular type of sweet potato, and it can be grilled, baked, or even steamed.
25. Puerto Rican Sweet Potatoes
These sweet potatoes have copper-colored skin and red-orange flesh that is very sweet and moist. They are also resistant to many types of diseases, and they make a great garden variety of sweet potato.
26. Purple Sweet Potatoes
With deep purple skin and flesh, these sweet potatoes are fairly dry in the middle and not very sweet, making them better for use in recipes than for eating by themselves.
27. Red Garnet Sweet Potatoes
This sweet potato gets its name because of its deep red or purple skin, and it is perfect for any recipe that calls for grated or mashed sweet potatoes, including bread, cakes, and many other desserts.
28. Red Jewel Sweet Potatoes
This is a very versatile and popular type of sweet potato, with dark orange flesh and red skin. When baked, it ends up with a very soft texture, and it can add some beauty to your table as well.
29. Regal Sweet Potatoes
With a beautiful deep purple-red skin and orange flesh, these sweet potatoes are perfect for baking. It is high quality and very popular type of sweet potato, and it produces a very large yield every season.
30. Satsuma Sweet Potatoes
Cultivated mostly in the Satsuma area of Japan, these sweet potatoes have been around since the 1600s. They are used in many ways in that area of the world, including as a raw material for processed foods and even as an ingredient in alcoholic beverages. They have a simple and sweet flavor, which is one reason why they are so popular.
31. Southern Delight Sweet Potatoes
This type of sweet potato has dark orange flesh and rose or dark copper skin. With a delicious, satisfying flavor, this sweet potato was developed in the mid-1980s and stores fairly well.
32. Sumor Sweet Potatoes
“Sumor” is the Old English word for “summer,” and this type of sweet potato has light tan skin and white or yellow flesh. A high producer, it contains more Vitamin C than most tomatoes and grows vigorously. If your climate is too warm for Irish potatoes, you should consider planting these instead.
33. Vardaman Sweet Potatoes
This is a bush variety of sweet potatoes that have deep orange flesh. If you have limited space in your garden, Vardaman sweet potatoes are a perfect option to plant. They have been around since the early 1980s, and they have bright red and green foliage that makes them look just as good as they taste.
34. White Sweet Potatoes
These sweet potatoes are a variety of the standard orange-colored sweet potato, and they are also called Camote or Batata potatoes. With skin that is either reddish-purple or brownish-purple in color, this type of sweet potato is firm and tasty, and you can enjoy it baked or cooked in various dishes.
35. Yamaimo Sweet Potatoes
Originating in and mostly used in Japan, this type of sweet potato is sweet and sticky and is often used as a julienne vegetable for salads. You can also fry it or use it to make soba noodles.