What's the difference between a yam and a sweet potato?


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Candido Kohler
November 04, 2019 8:49PM

In many American grocery stores, the vegetables labeled “yams” and “sweet potatoes” are just different varieties of sweet potatoes—when a softer, orange-fleshed variety of sweet potatoes hit the U.S. markets in the mid-20th century, they were labeled as yams to differentiate them from varieties Americans were already familiar with, and the name stuck.

True yams are somewhat rare in the United States. They’re starchier than sweet potatoes, they have a slightly different shape (sweet potatoes taper toward the ends; yams stay more cylindrical and can be up to five feet long), and their skin is rough and bumpy. They’re more comparable to a white russet potato than a sweet potato, and they’re commonly used in Caribbean and West African cooking.

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Robin Akins
November 18, 2019 2:59AM
Hhmm, I have found yams to be a bit more stringier than sweet potatoes and I have yet to see yam fries! However, there is much confusion in America where yellow flesh sweet potatoes are referred to as yams and the old variety of sweet potatoes with the white flesh are referred to as sweet potatoes.
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Holistic Technologies
November 13, 2019 10:04AM
Difference betwenn YAM and SWEET POTATOE is:- YAM=The skin of a true yam is tougher and bark like and the flesh is white, red or purplish in color. SWEET POTATOE=Sweet Potatoes are a member of the morning glory family. They have a firmer skin and can be an assortment of colors including copper, purple, white, orange or red.
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November 14, 2019 12:43PM
About .59 cents per pound, but they only seem to get away with it for a few weeks towards then end of November!