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White Ipomoea batatas flower with a magenta center and white stamens
ipomoea batatas
Ipomoea batatas (Sweet Potato)

Originating from tropical America, sweet potato boasts a long history of cultivation spanning over 2000 years​. The sweet potato, unique in its family for its economic importance, is not merely a staple food but a health-promoting one. Its consumption is linked to a myriad of health benefits including antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, cardioprotective, anti-diabetic, anti-cancer, anti-obesity properties, and the prevention of vitamin A malnutrition, largely owing to its rich content of bioactive carbohydrates, proteins, lipids, carotenoids, anthocyanins, phenolic acids, and flavonoids. Not just the tubers, but also the leaves of sweet potato are valued for their nutritional and health-promoting properties​.
Photographed in the department of Bolivar, Colombia where it can cover acres of land.

A hillside of with large patches of Ipomoea batatas flowers
Ipomoea batatas vines blanketing plants and a telephone pole
White with magenta center Ipomoea batatas flowers

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