Sweet potatoes originating in America have been known in the Canary Islands since at least 1544.
The “Batata de Lanzarote” or “Colorada” has dark reddish skin and pale to whitish pink flesh, a long and irregular shape, quite a sweet taste and it is produced in the summer.
The “White Batata” or “Conejera” has brown skin and white flesh, a long elliptical shape, and is less sweet than the others, with production distributed throughout the whole year.
“Egg Yolk Batata” (”Patagallina” or “Empinada Roja”) has light orange skin, an oblong shape, yellow flesh and a sweet taste, with production occurring in the winter, but it is less abundant than the rest. It is often used to produce “truchas”, a delicious type of sweet patties.