Sweet Potatoes vs Yams

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It was only a few years ago that I realized that sweet potatoes and yams weren’t the same food. Many people use the terms interchangeably.  Both veggies looking a lot alike. Today I am writing about the differences to help you when shopping at the market.

Sweet Potatoes

  • Sweet potatoes are grown in the southern states of the US.
  • These potatoes are sweet.
  • Sweet potatoes have a smooth, thin skin.
  • The shape is short and blocky.
  • Sweet potatoes offer more protein per serving – 5 grams vs 2 for yams.
  • Sweet potatoes are much higher in Vitamin A than yams.

Yams

  • Yams are grown in the Caribbean and are imported.
  • Yams are more starchy.
  • Yams have a coarse, scaly skin.
  • The shape is long and cylindrical.

Sources:

http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/archives/parsons/vegetables/sweetpotato.html?pagewanted=all
http://homecooking.about.com/od/howtocookvegetables/a/sweetpotatodiff.htmhttp://www.loc.gov/rr/scitech/mysteries/sweetpotato.html
http://www.livestrong.com/article/257046-sweet-potato-vs-yam-nutrition/

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