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How long does it take to bake a sweet potato?

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Sweet potatoes take anywhere between 30 minutes to 1 hour to bake at 375 degrees Fahrenheit, depending on their size. After baking, the sweet potatoes can be served immediately or be stored in the refrigerator for future use.

When baking sweet potatoes, it is a good idea to wrap each tuber in a piece of aluminum foil. Prick the sweet potatoes with a toothpick or a fork, and then oil each one evenly with vegetable oil before wrapping them loosely in the foil. Check to see if they are done every 10 minutes once the baking time hits 30 minutes. To do so, use a fork to poke each tuber. If the fork goes easily into the tuber, it is done.

Sweet potatoes are root crops belonging to the Convolvulaceae family. They produce large, sweet tubers that are rich in vitamins and other important nutrients. Apart from the tuberous roots, the shoots and young leaves are also eaten in different parts of the world. Despite its name, the sweet potato is only distantly related to the potato, which belongs to the nightshade family.

Considered by many as a super food, sweet potatoes are a rich source of fiber, beta-carotene, B-vitamins, vitamin C and vitamin A. The Center for Science in the Public Interest compared the sweet potato with other food staples, and it was deemed to have the highest nutritional value.


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