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Discussion in 'Food & Drinks' started by Anne Kramer, Aug 7, 2017.
I see yams all the time here....rare to see a red/orange sweet potato though.
Confusion reigns over semantics.
Garnet yams are almost red, yams are orange, and sweet potatoes are off white or light pink. All three are in my grocery stores every week, but not at all grocery stores in my area.
We have lots of pre cut veggies in different shapes in the produce dept...for convenience. Those are always marked as sweet potatoes and are orange. They even have crinkle cut sweet potato fry shapes. Costs a little more.
Those frozen sweet potato fries are delicious. Sweet and salty at the same time.
If you check out the link that @Sheldon Scott posted, I think that you will find that he is correct, and most of us have never even seen a real yam, let alone tasted one before.
What I read was that yams , real yams, grow in Africa, and they can get to be several pounds and maybe a foot or so long.
When the first Africans were brought to America, we had sweet potatoes, which tasted similar to the yams that they ate in Africa, so they called them yams.
All of the different colors of sweet potatoes are still a sweet potato, and a true yam is never seen or sold here in our grocery stores.
Here is a picture of what an actual yam looks like.
Source: Library of Congress
I'm not gonna worry about this...I buy the off white ones that are in the produce section when I'm buying a sweet potato. I seldom buy the ones labeled yams.
I do buy the convenient pre cut, pre washed pkgs that are orange and called sweet potatoes. I go by sight and taste and don't care what it's called.
Sweet potato plant and bloom.
The last sweet potatoes I bought, we planted. Outside in the front we had a beautiful potato plant and those two sweet potato plants. I enjoyed watching them, I often sit out on the patio and read while I use the peddler. I thought they were a good touch among the wild flowers.
I'm sure you are not mistaken about what you buy but the stores are mistaken about what they are selling. Read the article above.
Epicurious is full of baloney. You are wrong. THEY are full of ....
In this court, Wikipedia trumps Epicurious.
Three different grocery chains vs Epicurious. I shop Safeway, Kroger, and Winco, around here, You can add Bashas and HEB in Texas. You loose.
Okay, we'll go with Wikipedia if that's what you like. I never lose.
According to the government site, which I posted above, sweet potatoes are frequently misidentified as yams in the United States, even on the labels. Although the government requires that producers of sweet potatoes who call their product yams have to also mention that their product is actually a sweet potato, or at least include the words on the label. The site also says that true yams may be available for sale in the international section of grocery stores, so I wouldn't go so far as to say that no one here has ever tasted a true yam.
If you want to taste the sweetest, juiciest sweet potato you ever ate, try the Beauregard sweet potato. Their peel is more of a reddish color and the inside is darker reddish orange. Many of our NC farmers are only planting those now.
I've learned something by reading through these comments. I copied Joe's comments about roasted sweet potatos and I 'm going to try them. Also going to look for the "can't cook" cook books. And I didn't know about the one's Shirley mentioned. Will check on those. Interesting. Thanks.
I'm going to try those roasted sweet potatoes, too, as soon as the new crop is harvested.
I think yams and sweet potatoes are the same. I buy the biggest red yam I can find, slow bake it til tender, scrape off the skin, throw the flesh into a bowl with butter, brown sugar, a little blackstrap molasses, and enough half'n'half to make a loose paste. In another bowl I do up a box of pound cake mix, stir in the yam paste, and bake. When the cake is cool I spread on a caramel glaze. Reminds me of my Aunt's candied yams.
They are not the same, not even related. Read the posts above and learn.
Welcome to the forum. A little disagreement makes a good start.
No you're right @Sheldon Scott they are not the same at all.
I have always enjoyed ''sweet potatoes''...the red outer with the orange inner..and always was under the impression it was just another name for a Yam, until I was invited to dinner at the house of a Jamaica friend who told me Yams were on the menu, and I expressed delight, but when they were served at dinner, not only were they a completely different colour ( which I expected)..but they were a completely different taste to what I was used to , and to my Hosts surprise and dismay I couldn't eat them.. they just were so different in taste to the red sweet potato!
I have tasted 'yams' as well and didn't like the taste either. I always thought sweet potatoes and yams were the same until I saw an article on the internet explaining the difference.
Give me a sweet potato any day.
I agree @Von Jones ....sorry that should have read Jamaican , in my post...
I love sweet potatoes. Some of the stores over here do advertise them as yams sometimes...but they are always sweet potatoes to me.
I like them baked in the oven best...with nothing added to them. They are perfect just as they are.
Well, glory be, thanks to @Sheldon Scott I have finally have learned the difference in Yams and Sweet Potatoes. I have always thought they one and the same with yams being some sort of local nickname genetrated from some part of the country during our past history. I reecall my ad saying my mother was going to make a pumpkin pie when in fact shde backed a sweet potato pie, most ofter in the fall of the year. Thanks Sheldon, i was so convinced I never bothered to look for an answer to the yam, sweet potato difference.
By the way, I generally take a pat of butter and a good dash of cinnamon on my sweet potato.
I don't have any butter in my sweet potato @Bill Boggs , I find unlike normal potatoes they don't need it..but I do like to have cracked black pepper on them.
I roast them or mash them, I even make sweet potato chips ( fries) baked in the oven on a sheet pan with just the tiniest amount of oil....
The nice thing about sweet potatoes is you can scrub them clean pat them dry then bake them in the microwave for just a few minutes and they are as good as any oven baked spud, so soft in the middle, and they take a fraction of the time to cook