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Old 03-15-2011, 04:36 PM
Location: Heading to the NW, 4 sure.
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A friend of mine did NOT know the difference between the 2.
I did some research and found out that sweet potatoes are really different from the many varieties of Yams.

I prefer Yams's for their sweet flavor which makes a contradiction to "Sweet Potatoes".

But anyway, I love them.

Just baked with a or some or a lot of butter...

Happy trails,

Makes me think of my spring garden which is still a while away.

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Old 03-15-2011, 04:41 PM
Location: Charlotte county, Florida
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Some yams can grow to be Very large and be as big as your arm.
Most of ours in the US come from Louisiana. Like the canned forms.
I used to hate em, now I love em..
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Old 03-15-2011, 06:01 PM
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Outback steakhouse has sweet potatoes, served with butter, cinnamon, and brown sugar...I suppose they would be healthier "naked", but they are soooo gooooood.....
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Old 03-15-2011, 08:49 PM
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Either one. They are both tasty.
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Old 03-16-2011, 03:18 AM
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Love them both!
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Old 11-22-2012, 10:27 AM
Location: Volcano
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Default In the US, they're really all sweet potatoes

Originally Posted by SATX56 View Post
Love them both!
Most people in the US have never actually seen or tasted yams, which are starchy and dry and not sweet. They are a staple of African agriculture, and are eaten in some South American countries, but are rarely sold in the US except in some international markets.

What there are in the US, simply, are firm sweet potato types, and soft sweet potato types, and some get mistakenly referred to as yams, when they really are not yams at all. If the carton carrying them calls them yams, then by law it must also say underneath "Sweet Potatoes," because that is really what they are.

Here's an informative link about the sources of the confusion...

What is the difference between sweet potatoes and yams? Everyday Mysteries:Fun Science Facts from the Library of Congress)
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