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.
From The Food Lover's Companion, Fourth edition by Sharon Tyler Herbst and Ron Herbst. Copyright © 2007, 2001, 1995, 1990 by Barron's Educational Series, Inc.