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SWEETNESS FROM THE SOIL

The humble spud has a new competitor. These days it’s all about the sweet potato, at least when it comes to health benefits. In nutritional terms, the sweet potato beats your ‘Maris Pipers’ and ‘King Edwards’ hands (or forks) down. The so-called ‘super food’ is packed with vitamin A as well as lashings of other vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. You can even eat the leaves, which are highly nutritious and similar to spinach in taste. And while ordinary potatoes will always be a Sunday roast favourite, they don’t actually count towards your five-a-day. And the leaves are poisonous, so definitely don’t try those at home! Despite appearances, potatoes and sweet potatoes aren’t related. The traditional tubers are part of the tomato family,

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