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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.