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boniato

Pronunciation: [boh-NYAH-toh]

A cultivar of the sweet potato, the boniato has a skin that ranges in color from red to brown and a flesh that's creamy white. It's yam-shaped and can reach up to 12 inches long. Choose those that are unblemished and without sprouts; store in a cool, dark, well-ventilated place for up to a month. The boniato is popular in Caribbean cuisine and can be cooked in any way suitable for potatoes or yams. It's also known as batata, camote and kamote.