Sunday, October 19th — Yams and Sweet Potatoes

October 20, 2008

Today I Learned…

…that yams and sweet potatoes are not the same thing.  A yam is technically a member of the genus Dioscorea, while the sweet potato is Ipomoea batatas.  Although they are different species, the terms are used interchangeably throughout much of the United States, where you’re probably eating sweet potatoes even if your can says candied yams.

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