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Edibility of ornamental Ipomoea batatas?

Chuck crobinson22 at grandecom.net
Fri Dec 3 18:16:50 EST 2004

There is also a yam which grows in the southern Mexico wooded areas that is 
edible but rather than Ipomea it is related to the Dioscorea group 
(spelling?) and also has weak birth control properties.  (I think diosgenin 
is extracted from it, A preproduct of birth control medications. )


"Rona Yuthasastrakosol" <prasantrin at yahoo.com> wrote in message 
news:41afffc7$0$12675$44c9b20d at news3.asahi-net.or.jp...
> "Phred" <ppnerkDELETETHIS at yahoo.com> wrote in message
> news:318d30F394978U1 at individual.net...
>> In article <2004Dec1.110135.2587 at jarvis.cs.toronto.edu>,
> bae at cs.toronto.no-uce.edu wrote:
>> >In article <41AC8EF3.CE06323C at mail.bio.tamu.edu>,
>> >Monique Reed  <monique at mail.bio.tamu.edu> wrote:
>> >>I received this query today and don't have any info.  Can anyone offer
>> >>an answer or personal experience?
>> >
>> >I think you've gotten a good answer regarding edibility.
>> >
>> >White sweet potatoes seem to be the most popular kinds in Korea and
> Japan.
>> >The Korean greengrocers here all stock them and no other kinds.  The 
>> >ones
>> >I see all have red skin.  I find them dry and bland tasting, much
> inferior
>> >to the usual moist orange or yellow fleshed kind, but perhaps in Korean
>> >and Japanese cuisine they are prepared in a way that takes advantage of
>> >the difference in culinary properties.
> piggy-backing, but those sweet potatoes are most often used for tempura,
> roasting, or candy-ing (such as the recipes at
> http://japanesefood.about.com/od/sweetpotato/r/daigakuimo.htm in Japan.
> Sometimes I see sweet potato bread or croissants (with the sweet potato 
> used
> as a filling), but the former three are the most common recipes, I 
> believe.
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