Potatoes come in many shapes, sizes, and colors—red, purple, and gold! Potatoes were domesticated in South America between 7,000 and 10,000 years ago. Today they are a staple food in many parts of the world.
While regular potatoes are tubers (underground stems), sweet potatoes are roots. Sweet potatoes are a seasonal treat when they appear each fall. Like potatoes, they originated in the Americas. Both potatoes and sweet potatoes can be mashed or roasted, or try them in soups or scrambles for a delicious dish! Find local potatoes at farmers markets, grocery stores, and even in your school cafeteria.