The tropical American vine, sweet potato (Ipomoea batatas) is in the botanical family Convolvulaceae. Despite its name it is not actually a potato but a swollen underground root. Think of a plant that has a high food value, is easily grown, matures quickly, produces a lot of food for the planting space used, has good keeping qualities, and tastes nice. It sounds too good to be true. Yet the sweet potato has all of these qualities.
‘Bonita’ is a culinary delight and has quickly gained prominence in the marketplace and home garden. ‘Bonita’ was developed by the Louisiana State University AgCenter for the burgeoning white flesh sweetpotato market. Surprisingly most sweetpotatoes consumed in the world are actually white and not orange flesh; however, few varieties are suitable for baking.