Sweet Potatoes or Yams?

Sweet Potatoes or Yams?

Sweet Potatoes

I just wanted to clear something up. With all the sweet potato and “yam” recipes circulating it seemed like a good time for this post. Are you eating sweet potatoes or yams? Well, if you live in North America you are having sweet potatoes. No matter what the produce department labels them everything in the store is, botanically speaking, a sweet potato. Red, orange and yellow, big and small – all are sweet potatoes.

So where did the yam thing start? Well, many years ago the state of Louisiana had an abundant crop of sweet potatoes. They wanted to sell them in a competitive marketplace so they decided to call them yams. Just a name change in an effort to give their product an edge over the competition. You’ll often still see them sold as Louisiana Yams.

There are yams- they are larger and quite starchy. They might be found in specialty markets in the States, but they are NOT in your local grocery store. A sweet potato by other name will taste as sweet.

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