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Old 06-24-2008, 06:24 PM   #11
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Well, in New Zealand, we have yams and kumara (which come in different varieties - most common are red, gold and white). We don't really have anything which we call a sweet potato, but kumera comes closest, I guess.

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Old 06-24-2008, 07:12 PM   #12
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I know this picture is kind of small, but these are actual yams. You can get an idea of the size.
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Old 06-24-2008, 07:22 PM   #13
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I don't like either, except S. P. Fries. Go figure.
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Old 06-24-2008, 07:23 PM   #14
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Yes - apparently what we call 'yams' are actually a member of the oxalis family. Who’da guessed?
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Old 06-24-2008, 09:50 PM   #15
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We always called them sweet potatoes, they are orange and are terrific baked, then put butter and brown sugar on them...
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Old 06-25-2008, 04:55 AM   #16
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The Great Debate has begun.
Wait until you get the Australian and the Kiwi versions mate -- then confusion shall reign
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I know this picture is kind of small, but these are actual yams. You can get an idea of the size.
Them's what those BIG guys in the Solomon Islands eat
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Old 06-26-2008, 01:06 AM   #18
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True yams are starchy, white inside, and can be quite large (3-6 feet long) and almost never seen in the US except for in some specialty markets ... the things that are called "yams" in the US (up to about 1-foot long) are either mislabeled by ignorant grocers or a variety of orange sweet potatoes from Louisiana. Andy M. was right about it being a marketing ploy for the orange variety of sweet potato - just the wrong side of the Mississippi river.
Sweet potatoes range from pale yellow to bright orange. Probably doesn't help in differentiating them from other potatoes - unless you look at the shape of the tuber, and the skin color.

As for nutrition ... I have never seen a comparison ... but I would assume they would be comperable. Starch is nothing more than just very long chains of sugar .....
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Old 07-03-2008, 12:58 PM   #19
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That's strange. I have never heard of a white sweet potato, and I LOVE sweet potatoes! (Or are they yams? ;) ) I have known that yams are commonly eaten in African countries, and even used as a form of currency. I don't think I've ever tasted one, but I would imagine they are more similar to sweet potatoes than regular potatoes.
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