The two types of sweet potato eaten in Brazil are the ones with white and yellow flesh which are less sweet than the orange variety. Sweet potatoes are native to tropical America and in ancient times were cultivated by many Brazilian indigenous tribes. In the Brazilian culinary, they are often eaten as a side dish or as a dessert. As a side dish it is prepared deep-fried or simply boiled or steamed. One of the sweet potato desserts I used to have in my childhood is the cooked potato caramelised with caster sugar served with cream or a little bit of milk. Sweet potatoes are also used in Brazil to make preserves, cakes and flans.
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