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Sweet Potato or Yam?

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The world of the sweet potato is a crazy one and get this — most people in this country have never eaten a true yam! Potatoes, sweet potatoes and yams are not family members. What we usually think of when we say yam, and what our grocery stores call yams, the tubers with the dark skin and the sweet orange flesh, are actually sweet potatoes, as are the lighter skinned not-so-sweet ones.

So to avoid confusion, but to really confuse me, they just call the orange sweet potato a yam. Even though a true yam is really a huge starchy tropical tuber that you probably won’t see in your regular supermarket. So, just remember this, in a grocery store because the sweet potato is sweet, it has a nickname, I Yam sweet.

 

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