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Old 04-25-2011, 12:56 AM   #1
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So confused...what's the difference between a yam & a sweet potato??

Maybe its a stupid question, but...still one that I feel compelled to at at least ask...is there a signifigant difference between the 2? IF SO, then, WHAT??? I have been "stumped" on this one for awhile, but, just too scared to ask for feeling "stupid"...I no longer care, I just REALLY want to know if they are different or not?!?!

If ANYONE has some insight on this, PLEASE, I IMPLORE you to help educate me here...?please?...like, is one better than the other?..is there anything really all that different from the 2 names?....Please help if you have any enlightning info!!!

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Old 04-25-2011, 01:12 AM   #2
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Anyone?...I bought 5 sweet potatoes from the Farmers Martet on Friday, but....am "stumped" as to prepare them if they are actually just yams or not? I think it would help me gobs in figuring out how to prepare them...just a bit "thrown off" at this point...any helpful advice?
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Old 04-25-2011, 01:18 AM   #3
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So, specifically speaking - what really makes a "yam" a yam, &, what makes a "sweet potato" a sweet potato???
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Old 04-25-2011, 01:42 AM   #4
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Without doing a search (I just don't have time at the moment) I can't tell you the exact difference, but I do know that most of what we call yams in America are really sweet potatoes. You will find yams in some ethnic stores, and you will find them in countries like Africa. That is all I really remember about the subject, but a Google search should find you what you want to know.
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Old 04-25-2011, 02:20 AM   #5
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all i know is i yam what i yam.

a sweet potato is something else...
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Old 04-25-2011, 02:51 AM   #6
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all i know is i yam what i yam.
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Old 04-25-2011, 04:41 AM   #7
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This explains the difference and the confusion:

What is the difference between sweet potatoes and yams? Everyday Mysteries:Fun Science Facts from the Library of Congress)
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Old 04-25-2011, 08:37 AM   #8
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Yams and sweet potatoes are completely different things, but in the US, and I suspect other places what you see labeled as yams are actually sweet potatoes. Yams grow very large. They can be over three feet long. They are very starchy and not sweet at all.
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Old 04-25-2011, 09:07 AM   #9
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GB is right. In the USA, there are white fleshed sweet potatoes and orange fleshed sweet potatoes. It's common for the orange fleshed potatoes to be sold as yams. They are not.

Back in the day, a clever botanist developed an orange SP and came up with the idea of marketing it as a yam to differentiate it from the competing white SP. The name stuck.

This is a real yam.
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This is a real yam.
That's a corker, I do like yellow Ghana Yam
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