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What Are The Different Types Of Tubers?: Part Two

What Are The Different Types Of Tubers?: Part Two

Published by Efe on 11th May 2022

In our previous blog post, we talked about the different types of tubers. We discussed potatoes, yams, and cassava. Today, we are going to discuss some other types of tubers that you may have heard of before. These tubers include sweet potatoes, taro, and Jerusalem artichoke. Let's take a closer look at each one!

Before we go on, let's do a little recap on tubers generally.

Recap

Tubers are thickened underground stems that store starch. They are classified as storage organs. Most tubers have eyes on their surface that develop into new plants. Tubers are typically planted in the spring and harvested in the fall. They serve as an important food source for humans and animals and are packed with nutrients such as fibre, vitamins, and minerals. Read up for more information.

Now that we have a little bit of background knowledge on tubers, let's go straight to the business of this blog - to talk about other types of tubers.

Sweet Potatoes

What are Sweet Potatoes?

Sweet potatoes are tubers that are native to South America. They were first domesticated in Peru and Ecuador. Sweet potatoes come in many different colours, including white, yellow, orange, red, and purple.

Types of Sweet Potatoes

There are two main types of sweet potatoes - Ipomoea batatas and Ipomoea pandurata. Ipomoea batatas tubers are the most common type of sweet potato. They have smooth, thin skin and are typically orange or yellow on the inside. Ipomoea pandurata tubers have rough, bumpy skin and are white on the inside.

Health Benefits of Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes are a good source of fibre, which can help with digestive health. They are also a good source of vitamins A and C, which are important for immunity and skin health respectively. Sweet potatoes are low in calories and fat, making them a good choice for those who are looking to lose weight or maintain a healthy weight. They also contain potassium, which is important for heart health, and antioxidants that can help to protect your body against disease.

What do Sweet Potatoes look like?

Sweet potatoes can vary in appearance, depending on the type. Ipomoea batatas tubers typically have smooth, thin skin and are orange or yellow on the inside. Ipomoea pandurata tubers have rough, bumpy skin and are white on the inside.

What do Sweet Potatoes taste like?

Sweet potatoes have a sweet, slightly nutty taste. They can be eaten cooked or raw and are often used in baking.

Cooking Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes can be cooked in many different ways. They can be boiled, roasted, baked, or fried. Sweet potatoes can also be pureed and used in pies. Sweet potatoes can also be added to soups and stews.

Sweet potato recipes

- Sweet Potato Soup

- Roasted Sweet Potatoes

- Baked Sweet Potato fries

- Sweet Potato Pancakes

What can Sweet Potatoes be eaten with?

Sweet potatoes can be eaten with a variety of different foods. They can be served as a side dish or used in main dishes. Sweet potatoes can be served with meats such as chicken, beef, or pork. They can also be used in vegetarian dishes. Sweet potatoes can be served with a variety of sauces, such as ketchup, barbecue sauce, or honey.

Where can Sweet Potatoes be bought?

Sweet potatoes can be bought at most grocery stores. They can also be bought at farmers' markets and online. Check our website for your sweet potatoes and other ingredients you could use to cook them.

How should Sweet Potatoes be stored?

Sweet potatoes should be stored in a cool, dark place. They can be stored in the fridge for up to two weeks.

When are Sweet Potatoes in season?

Sweet potatoes are in season from September to November.

Fun facts about Sweet Potatoes

- Sweet potatoes are not related to regular potatoes.

- Sweet potatoes are a type of morning glory.

- The United States is the largest producer of sweet potatoes.

- North Carolina is the largest producer of sweet potatoes in the United States.

- Sweet potatoes were introduced to the United States by African slaves.

- Sweet potatoes are the official state vegetable of North Carolina.

- Sweet potatoes are a traditional Thanksgiving food in the United States.

Sweet Potato Allergies

Sweet potatoes are a common allergen. Symptoms of a sweet potato allergy can include itching, swelling, and difficulty breathing. If you think you may be allergic to sweet potatoes, please see a doctor.

Taro

What is Taro?

Taro is a tuber that is native to Southeast Asia and India. It is known as Cocoyam in Nigeria. It is also known as  Colocasia esculenta or Alocasia odora. Taro tubers grow in wet, humid environments and are a staple food in many tropical countries.

Taro tubers can vary in size, but they are typically large and round. They have smooth, brown skin and white or purple flesh. Taro tubers have a starchy texture and a nutty, slightly sweet flavour.

Types of Taro

There are two main types of taro: corms and tubers. Corms are the underground stem of the taro plant. Tubers are the fleshy, starchy part of the taro plant that grows underground.

What are the benefits of Taro?

Taro is a good source of fibre and vitamins C and B. It also contains potassium and magnesium, which are important for heart health.

What does Taro look like?

Taro tubers can vary in size, but they are typically large and round. They have smooth, brown skin and white or purple flesh.

What does Taro taste like?

Taro tubers have a starchy texture and a nutty, slightly sweet flavour.

Cooking Taro

Taro tubers can be cooked in many different ways. They can be boiled, roasted, baked, or fried. Taro tubers can also be pureed and used in pies. Taro tubers can also be added to soups and stews.

Taro recipes

- Taro Soup

- Roasted Taro

- Baked Taro Fries

- Taro Pancakes

What can Taro be eaten with?

Taro tubers can be eaten with a variety of different foods. They can be served as a side dish or used in main dishes. Taro tubers can be served with meats such as chicken, beef, or pork. They can also be used in vegetarian dishes. Taro tubers can be served with a variety of sauces, such as ketchup, barbecue sauce, or honey.

Where can Taro be bought?

Taro tubers can be bought at most grocery stores. They can also be bought at farmers' markets and online. Check our website for your fresh and soft taro, and the ingredients you could use to cook them.

How should Taro be stored?

Taro tubers should be stored in a cool, dark place. They can be stored in the fridge for up to two weeks.

When is Taro in season?

Taro tubers are in season from September to November.

Fun facts about Taro

- Taro is believed to have originated in Southeast Asia.

- Taro is a traditional food in many cultures, including Hawaiian, Chinese, Japanese, and Indian cuisine.

- In Hawaii, taro is known as "poi" and is often eaten with fish.

- In China, taro tubers are often used in soups and stews.

- In Japan, taro tubers are often used in tempura dishes.

- In India, taro tubers are often used in curries.

Taro Allergies

Taro tubers can cause an allergic reaction in some people. Symptoms of a taro allergy can include itching, swelling, and difficulty breathing. If you think you may be allergic to taro, please see a doctor.

Jerusalem Artichoke

What is Jerusalem Artichoke?

Jerusalem artichoke is a tuber that is native to North America. It is also known as Helianthus tuberosus or sunflower tubers. Jerusalem artichoke tubers grow in dry, sunny environments and are a staple food in many countries.

Jerusalem artichoke tubers can vary in size, but they are typically small and round. They have smooth, brown skin and white or yellow flesh. Jerusalem artichoke tubers have a starchy texture and a nutty, slightly sweet flavour.

Jerusalem Artichokes tubers varieties

There are two main types of Jerusalem artichoke tubers: corms and tubers. Corms are the underground stem of the Jerusalem artichoke plant. Tubers are the fleshy, starchy part of the Jerusalem artichoke plant that grows underground.

Health benefits of Jerusalem Artichokes?

Jerusalem artichokes are a good source of fibre, which is important for digestive health. They also contain vitamins C and B, as well as potassium and magnesium, which are important for heart health. Jerusalem artichokes are low in calories and fat, making them a healthy food choice.

What does Jerusalem Artichoke look like?

Jerusalem artichoke tubers can vary in size, but they are typically small and round. They have smooth, red skin and white or yellow flesh.

What does Jerusalem Artichoke taste like?

Jerusalem artichoke tubers have a starchy texture and a nutty, slightly sweet flavour.

Cooking Jerusalem Artichoke

Jerusalem artichoke tubers can be cooked in many different ways. They can be boiled, roasted, baked, or fried. Jerusalem artichoke tubers can also be pureed and used in pies. Jerusalem artichoke tubers can also be added to soups and stews.

Jerusalem Artichoke recipes

- Roasted Jerusalem Artichokes

- Baked Jerusalem Artichoke Fries

- Jerusalem Artichoke Soup

- Pureed Jerusalem Artichokes

What can Jerusalem Artichoke be eaten with?

Jerusalem artichoke tubers can be eaten with a variety of different foods. They can be served as a side dish or used in main dishes. Jerusalem artichoke tubers can be served with meats, vegetables, or grains.

Where can Jerusalem Artichoke be bought?

Jerusalem artichoke tubers can be bought at most grocery stores. They can also be bought at farmers' markets and online. Check our website for tubers you could use to cook them.

How should Jerusalem Artichoke be stored?

Jerusalem artichoke tubers should be stored in a cool, dry place. They can be stored in the fridge for up to two weeks.

When is Jerusalem Artichoke in season?

Jerusalem artichoke tubers are in season from October to November.

Fun facts about Jerusalem Artichokes

- Jerusalem artichokes are not related to artichokes.

- The name "Jerusalem" comes from the Italian word Girasole, which means "turning to the sun."

- In France, Jerusalem artichokes are known as topinambours.

Jerusalem Artichoke Allergies

Jerusalem artichoke tubers can cause an allergic reaction in some people. Symptoms of a Jerusalem artichoke allergy can include itching, swelling, and difficulty breathing. If you think you may be allergic to Jerusalem artichokes, please see a doctor.

Conclusion

Tubers are a versatile food that can be cooked in many different ways. They can be used as a side dish or as an ingredient in main dishes. When choosing tubers, look for ones that are firm and have smooth skin. Avoid tubers that are bruised or have blemishes. Store tubers in a cool, dry place. When cooked properly, tubers are healthy and delicious food.

Check us out at niyis.co.uk; we have firm tubers and ingredients you can use to prepare them.

Thanks for reading! We hope you found this post informative and helpful. If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment below.

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