I try to look closely at the small baskets in the produce section to find unique veggies and found a sign for batatas – or Mexican sweet potato:
It looked pretty harmless and if potato is in the name, I know it is likely a safe bet for me I thought it looked a good bit like a small yam. Apparently these are quite common in the Caribbean.
I was very surprised to see that the flesh was white when I peeled it.
I just assumed it would be orange. Note that it started to brown up when exposed to the air, which was interesting. It smelled like a sweet potato, though. I chopped it up and stirfried it with some chicken, broccoli, teriyaki sauce and serrano peppers.
The pieces of batata were firm and had a texture fairly potato-like, but the flavor was sweeter and almost tasted like chestnuts. Should have roasted it on the open fire, no?
I liked the small size of this. Perfect for a single serving. I would try this again – I think it would make excellent fries!