The Sweet Potato is actually only distantly related to the potato and it is also distinct from a yam. Because of its high fiber content, complex carbohydrates, protein, vitamins, iron and calcium, the sweet potato ranks higher than almost any other vegetable in nutritional content. It is particularly popular in the southern U.S. and has been grown there since the 16th century. Sweet Potatoes can be used in a wide variety of dishes, both savory and sweet, pairing well with cinnamon, honey, lime, ginger, coconut and nutmeg. Enjoy them in desserts, breads and muffins, puddings and custards, casseroles, stews or croquettes.