What is the difference between yams and sweet potatoes?
I hope that everyone over the years that has corrected me about yams and sweet potatoes, because this is a question that has puzzled me for years.
In America, yams and sweet potatoes are actually the same. Yes. You read that correctly. They both fall under the name sweet potato.
The orange colored sweet potatoes (which were give the name yams, to easily distinguish them from the pale yellow or white sweet potatoes, were imported many years ago, and brought to America.
They are in fact still sweet potatoes. We call them yams, because like real yams, they are much darker in color, but nonetheless they are sweet potatoes.
Sweet potatoes also come in various shades of purples, pinks, whites, and creams.
So there you have it. And to all the people that have corrected me, I will be eating sweet potatoes for the rest of my life. Also sweet potatoes is a much more likable word than yams? Just me?
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Looking for more sweet potato recipes? Here are a few of our favorites:
- Instant Pot Baked Sweet Potatoes
- Black Bean Sweet Potato Tacos
- Brown Sugar Bacon Roasted Sweet Potatoes
- Cranberry Pecan Sweet Potato Bake
- Baked Sweet Potato Fries
Sweet Potato Apple Bake Recipe
- 6 sweet potatoes or yams
- 3 Granny Smith Apples
- ¾ cup Craisins
- 4 Tablespoons butter melted
- ½ cup maple syrup
- ½ cup brown sugar
- 3 Tablespoons cinnamon
- Cut your sweet potatoes in half and boil in water until tender
- After they are done boiling, peel and slice them up. (I did mine in circle shapes)
- Lay them in a 9x13 pan.
- Next peel your apples and slice them up and lay them on top of the sweet potatoes.
- Mix all sauce ingredients together and pour evenly over your sweet potatoes/apples.
- Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Sprinkle the cranberries on top.
- 9x13-inch Baking Pan
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