A bony what?
Bone-ee-AH-toe, I presume. It's a white fleshed sweet potato that isn't sweet. Same morning glory family as the beloved orange sweet potato. It's from the Caribbean and is grown around Miami, Florida.
As I type this, I'm indulging in boniato chips!
I like sweet potatoes as much as the next Grokster, I've even grown them. But they have an over powering flavor that limits their uses. And I'm not fond of the large sugar load, and that sugar makes them really hard to fry up in any way. Enter, the boniato.
I've seen them for several years in the grocery store and finally decided to see what they are. A quick trip to Google convinced me to buy one, $1.39/lb. I boiled it and then thick sliced some and fried alongside my bacon. Yum! The flavor is similar to a sweet potato without, oddly enough, the sweetness.
The next morning I took the remainder, chopped a bit, added onions and peppers, and voila!, low glycemic index hash browns! Wow, almost like potato ones!
Burp! Just finished the chips. Took a raw boniato, peeled, and sliced it with my plantain slicer, dropping the discs right into the hot lard. They behave like real potatoes, not the sweet type. Bubbled briskly and when they got very slightly tan and firm to the slotted spoon's touch, they went into the strainer. Salt. Feel no guilt as you eat them!
My last experiment will be boniato under spaghetti sauce. (Technically Sicilian Putanesca, "The little streetwalker." Spicy hot and with capers. Yum.) They should be lower in carbs and GI than the spaghetti squash I used the other night.
So, how does the boniato stack up in carbs or glycemic index/load? Info is hard to come by, but I found one page in Spanish that put the GI as "Medio," at 50. The problem is that "sweet potato" and "boniato" can be used someone interchangeably. Without getting fixated on the numbers, it seems to me that having less sugar and being of firmer flesh than the orange cousin, the boniato should be of lower glycemic index and load.
I know that most Groksters won't be able to find the boniato outside of the SE. I suggest stores where there is a Caribbean community, or maybe just asking your produce manager if he can get some.
I think I'll pull those sweet potatoes and plant some boniatos!