It's been hundred years ago since the last severe drought that occurred had caused people to lost their livelihood. During that time, plants withered and animals died after being sick. There wasn't any rain at all and the weather was too hot.
The people has to find another source of food and hunting was the idea to survive.
There was a nearby forest not affected by the drought which is called the forest of Kamu, a magical forest as to what they know. Magical, or mysterious because despite of the drought that they were experiencing, the forest itself seems to be unaffected. The trees and plants in it are lively and abundant in greenery. And there were enough, or more than enough animals for them to hunt. A perfect place indeed for the people to go for hunting.
One morning, two siblings had decided to go on hunting as early as they could so that they could hunt as many animals as they can. But it seems like it wasn't their lucky day as the two hadn't caught anything at all.
On their way back home, the two hungry siblings spotted a bird resting on a tree. Wasting no time, one of the boys shot the bird and they made a bonfire to cook it so the two brothers can have something to eat since they hadn't eaten anything at all for the day.
The food was already cooked and ready when a beautiful young lady showed up.
"I am lost. I don't know which way to go," said the lady to the duo." "And I'm starving. I hadn't eaten anything for days."
The two boys were so hungry, but they feel sorry for the lady, getting lost in the forest all by herself without anything to eat at all is so much for her to endure. So they offered her the food instead, which the later gladly accepted and ate.
After eating, the young, beautiful maiden thanked the two siblings and told them how much she appreciate the kindness of the two. And as a sign of her gratitude, she wanted to give them something in return.
"It is better for you two to head home. But come back tomorrow and I will meet you here again. I want to give you something in return for your kindness," she said.
And so the two left.
The following day, as they had talked, the two went back in the forest, on the same place where they had made a bonfire, where they met the lady that was lost.
But she wasn't there. They cannot find her. They were sure though that they were on the right spot as they can see the remaining pieces of twigs and woods they had used to set the bonfire, but something's strange. There was no ashes left in there. Instead, they found a strange plant growing on the spot; a plant which hadn't been there before. And as they think of it, how could a plant be all grown overnight?
Maybe this plant was from the mysterious, beautiful maiden they met. Maybe this was what she meant when she said she wanted to give them something.
The two were curious, and so they pulled out the plant. And what did they see? The strange plant has edible fruits attached on its roots. Strange.
"How could a plant bear fruits underground?" thought one of the boys as they hadn't seen a plant like this. And so they decided to bring the crops with them and ask people around what it was.
But the people were unable to identify them as the plants was new to them as well.
And since they need a source of food and they had been having no luck on hunting, the people decided to try and cook the root crops.
Being wary, they tried tasting and eating the cooked crop. Not bad at all. In fact it was good! These made them thankful and happy. Now they have something to help them get through until the dry season ended. And so they planted more of the crops, which now is known as sweet potato.
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precy anza (author) from USA on June 24, 2012:
Thank you Drbj! And you just said sweet potato fries! :) I love those, I eat baked sweet potatoes but I like the fries more ^-^'
drbj and sherry from south Florida on June 24, 2012:
What a lovely legend, precy, for a food that is very good for you. Although I am not particularly fond of baked sweet potatoes, I will go out of my way for sweet potato fries. Yummmmmmmmm!
precy anza (author) from USA on June 23, 2012:
Thanks LawrenceS! ^-^' And glad you enjoyed the sweet potato legend.
@ dinkan53: Thanks! :) We always have sweet potato in our kitchen. Either we used it on dishes (along with other vegetables) or we heat it up on the microwave for few minutes until its ready. And I like it fried too ^-^' And on my language we call it patatas! :)
@ aviannovice: Thank you! ^-^' I missed writing legends so I thought I might write another one... while exploring other topics I wanted to go for. :)
Deb Hirt from Stillwater, OK on June 23, 2012:
Well done! Thanks again for letting me into your legends of life.
dinkan53 from India on June 23, 2012:
Sweet potatoes otherwise called batatas are highly nutritious and are rich in fiber. Enjoyed reading the legend about it. Rated up and interesting.
Lawrence Stripling on June 23, 2012:
Interesting. I enjoyed the story. Pinned it.