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Camote - Peruvian Sweet Potato

Camote

Peruvian Sweet Potato

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The Camote is distantly related to the potato and its English name is "Sweet Potato". As engravings and paintings on Moche ceramics proof the Camote is part of the Peruvian cuisine for nearly two thousand years. Today we know over 2000 varieties of sweet potatoes.

Camote is very popular in Peru and replaces in many dishes with its distinct orange color the "normal" potato.

Sweet Potatoes often accompany Chicharrones (Peruvian fried pork rinds) and are used in the famous Pachamanca. In some regions even today the juice of red Sweet Potatoes is mixed with lime juice to dye cloth.

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