What is Boniato?
Ask anyone’s abuela if she eats boniato, and you’re sure to incite a response out of her. Boniato is a root vegetable native to the tropics of Central and South America. Known widely as “Batata” or “Cuban Sweet Potato”, Boniato was brought over to the Western Hemisphere from Asia by pre-Incan explorers and has today proven to be a staple in Latin-American cuisine.
With its nutty, chestnut-like flavor that is more mild than it’s cousin, the sweet potato, and its tendency to be high in fiber and carbohydrates, this tubular vegetable is a popular choice for starchy sides and athletes who require stacking on good carbohydrate content– not to mention the dinner plates of your tias and tios.
What is Sweet Potato?
Let’s turn on over now to boniato’s very popular cousin – the sweet potato. This root veggie typically has skin an outer peel ranging from brown to orange, and orange flesh that may also come in purple, yellow, and red varieties. It has taken the world by storm over the last decade, steadily increasing in popularity and demand over the years. Thanks to its high levels of beta carotene, potassium, fiber and Vitamins A & C, it has achieved “superfood” status and consumption of this tubular vegetable has increased by 80% from 2000 to 2014.
Boniato vs Sweet Potato
Unlike the flesh of sweet potatoes that range from deep yellow to orange, boniato is lighter in color and a tad more mild in flavor. It is a great choice for chefs who want the texture and versatility of a sweet potato but with a Latin spin on it, or a starchy side option that is just slightly less sweet.
Nutritionally speaking, boniato is extremely similar in its levels of antioxidants, fiber, potassium and Vitamins A & C.
Most importantly, both these vegetables are extremely versatile in their recipe applications. Because of their versatile flavor, they can both be used as a side in a savory dish or even as an ingredient in a sweet dessert. (Discover creative recipe applications for Boniato below).
Simply put, Boniato is the very stylish Latina cousin of Sweet Potato that came to town – and she’s definitely turning heads.
Cooking Methods for Boniato & Sweet Potato
The same methods that you use to cook your sweet potatoes can be applied to boniato. They can both be can be steamed, mashed, baked or fried, and even served as a mash, fries and chunks among other cuts.
If being cooked from a frozen state, you’re in luck – we put together this guide on how exactly to cook frozen vegetables, with an emphasis on Boniato. Click here to check out the guide!
Boniato: an on-trend food item in 2021?
In line with the global flavors emphasis that customers are seeking, boniato is an excellent addition to anyone who wants to explore more global flavors on their menus.
Boniato Recipe Applications
Curious about how to incorporate boniato into your menu? Check out these recipe videos below for inspiration, or feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to talk to our Chef about how to include this versatile root vegetable in your menu.
Boniato Chili Cheese Fries feat. Tio Jorge Boniato Fries
Boniato Hash feat. Tio Jorge Boniato Chunks
Boniato Ice Cream feat. Tio Jorge Boniato Chunks
Boniato Made Simple
So whether you’re an abuela who has eaten boniato all your life, or you’re a curious chef looking for new and innovative ways to give your menu a twist, boniato is sure to satisfy your tastebuds.
Traditionally, boniato can take up to half an hour to prepare and cook. Here at MIC Food® we are helping chefs, restaurants, industrial kitchens, retail brands, delis, and others in the food industry rethink their menus and increase appeal among ethnic and mainstream consumers alike.
We provide a variety of boniato products that come peeled and cut, ready-to-heat and serve, saving you hours of prep time so you can focus on what matters the most: making every meal memorable.