May I please have the attention of the class, today’s topic is Yams and sweet potatoes Are Not the same thing. OK so now that we got that out of the way. Can anyone tell the rest of the class why there not the same. Well I will you why there not even related.
Sweet potatoes are a starchy tuber native to the Americas that is distantly related to a potato. Sweet potatoes in the US come in two varieties: one with a creamy, white interior and the other with an orange interior.
Yams, on the other hand, are a tuber native to the tropical regions of Africa and Asia. They generally have darker, bark-like skin on the outside and vary in colour on the inside from creamy white to purple. They contain no starch.
One of the biggest reasons so many Americans are confused about yams and sweet potatoes is because most grocery stores are actually mislabelling potatoes as yams. Although yams are grown around the world in a variety of climates, your best bet for finding one in the United States is to visit a farmer’s market or an international market. Most major grocery stores are simply passing off of a variety of sweet potato as a yam to make a quick buck.