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Old 04-27-2006, 11:09 AM   #21
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Old 04-27-2006, 12:18 PM   #22
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They are all sweet potatoes. Garnet are beautiful--grown a lot in SC. Stores just call them what they want.
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Old 04-27-2006, 12:29 PM   #23
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Originally Posted by bknox
Lets just say; There is a yam and a sweet potatoe, they are the same size. How do you tell them apart?
From what I can tell, sweet potatoes alway have tapered ends while yams can be either rounded and oblong or just globular. Sometimes I see yams that are branched too. If you get a chance to see the plants themselves, yams are climbing vines and sweet potatoes creep along the ground.

Also, sweet potatoes come in a variety of colors from maroon to orange while yams are pretty much always brown skinned. In the Philippines, there's something called ube that's a variety of yam that has deep purple flesh and is used in desserts. I've had ube icecream that was really tastey.
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Old 04-27-2006, 01:55 PM   #24
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Old 04-27-2006, 02:51 PM   #25
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Most grocery stores mistakenly call sweet potatoes yams, I think the canned yams are also actually sweet potatoes
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