The batata is a root crop that is a type of sweet potato. It is grown in the Caribbean and has a flavor that is similar to a sweet potato, yet more starchy. Because it is a sweet potato variety, you can use the batata in any recipes where sweet potatoes are required. However, batatas are an exotic vegetable. Therefore, you may not be able to find them easily at your local market. When looking for locations where batatas are sold, first check any larger supermarket chains in your area. You may also be able to find batatas at some specialty fruit and vegetable stores. Where batatas are available, you should be able to purchase them year-round. When purchasing batatas, you can recognize the vegetable by its resemblance to a sweet potato. However, when you cut into a batata, its inner flesh is white in color. Similar to when you select potatoes, choose only those batatas that are firm to the touch and that have smooth skins with little or no marks on them. Additionally, select batatas that are smaller in size as these will be more flavorful and have a better consistency when cooked. Once you have purchased your batatas, you can store them in your home for up to one week, preferably in a climate that averages around 55Â°F. Note that batatas do not need to be refrigerated.