Sweet Potatoes and Yams

Vegetable, Red, Sweet Potato, Food

My wife Pam was in the kitchen preparing a feast for our dinner and what a feast it was. We had turkey full of stuffing, a ham, vegetables, mashed potatoes and gravy, potato and macaroni salads, the usual cranberry sauce and naturally sweet potatoes. No major holiday meal was ever complete without sweet potatoes on the table.

These memories made me think about the differences which exist between the two similar vegetables.There is obviously a bit of confusion between both of these items and in this brief rant I mean to hopeful dispel the myths surrounding this frozen vegetable. The truth of the matter is that the vegetable which you’ve called a yam for several years is actually nothing more or less than a sweet potato. A true yam most people have never seen nor tasted.

That’s right folks; the sweet, orange-colored root vegetable that you cherish so dearly is actually a number of sweet potato. All”yams” which you find in a grocery store or produce market are actually not yams at all. The majority of people wrongly feel that those long, red-skinned goods in the shop are yams, but the fact remains that they are not anything more than one of many varieties of our common sweet potatoes. To answer this question we would first have to discover the main differences which exist between the two products.

A yam is darker in colored than the its popular orange-fleshed cousin. A true yam is an edible root that’s very starchy and is usually imported to the United States from the Caribbean. In texture it is rough and scaly and contains hardly any beta carotene.

Based on the sweet potatoes variety its flesh can range from a pure white to the popular orange color or in some cases even a purple shade. The orange-fleshed variety arrived in america multiple decades ago. In a bid to market the imported variety and to differentiate it from the white variety, manufacturers and importers labeled the imports with an African word”nyami” and consequently called them”yams” for short.

I hope this clears up some of the mystery and confusion related to these two fine foods and with that I wish a great eating experience with yams or sweet potatoes. You can search online for a website with more information about Yams and Sweet potatoes.

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