Friday, April 15, 2011

Non-culinary uses

In South America, the juice of red sweet potatoes is combined with lime juice to make a dye for cloth. By varying the proportions of the juices, every shade from pink to black can be obtained.
All parts of the plant are used for animal fodder.
Sweet potatoes or camotes are often found in Moche ceramics.
Several selections are cultivated in gardens as ornamental plants for their attractive foliage, including the dark-leafed cultivars 'Blackie' and 'Ace of Spades' and the chartreuse-foliaged 'Margarita'.

The species called wild sweet potato vine, man root, or man-of-the-earth is not edible, but it is cultivated as an ornamental vine.
Researchers at North Carolina State University are breeding sweet potato varieties that would be grown primarily for bio-fuel production.

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