Sweet potato, a root vegetable often called a yam, is not really a yam at all, but rather a distinct variety of the Ipomea Batata family. Cultivated for thousands of years in the Western Hemisphere, sweet potatoes have become an important part of traditional American cuisine.
A traditional American root vegetable that contains natural sweetness. It is a domesticated form of the wild carrot. The edible part of a carrot is a taproot.