350g broccoli, broken into florets
8 garlic cloves, unpeeled
2 tsp dried thyme
1 tsp dried rosemary
1½ tbsp. olive oil
6 skinless chicken thigh fillets, each cut in half
2 lemons, 1 juiced and 1 cut into wedges to serve
1 tsp smoked paprika
Christopher Columbus brought sweet potatoes to Europe after his first voyage to the New World in 1492. By the 16th century, they were brought to the Philippines by Spanish explorers and to Africa, India, Indonesia and southern Asia by the Portuguese. Around this same time, sweet potatoes began to be cultivated in the southern United States, where they still remain a staple food in the traditional cuisine.
Worldwide, about 80 million tons of sweet potatoes are grown in China each year, with Africa producing about 14 million tons, Central and South America about 2 million, and the U.S. about 1 million tons. Within the U.S., over half of all commercially grown sweet potatoes come from the southern states (especially North Carolina).