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Home Town: Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
Living In: Paramount, California, USA
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Hi Fellow Buzzers! - I need to know, can anyone tell me the difference between Red Yams and Sweet Potatoes? And are they interchangable in receipes? I have a recipe for sweet potatoe souffle but can only find Red yams in my local grocery stores. Will they work??

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Last updated: Nov. 19, 2012 12:33 pm
Posted: Nov. 19, 2012 10:37 am
Commented by: Don
Nov. 19, 2012 10:39 am
Hi, try this.cheers. Sweet Potato and Yam Yam or Sweet Potato - Many people use these terms interchangeably both in conversation and in cooking, but they are really two different vegetables. SWEET POTATO Popular in the American South, these yellow or orange tubers are elongated with ends that taper to a point and are of two dominant types. The paler-skinned sweet potato has a thin, light yellow skin with pale yellow flesh which is not sweet and has a dry, crumbly texture similar to a white baking potato. The darker-skinned variety (which is most often called "yam" in error) has a thicker, dark orange to reddish skin with a vivid orange, sweet flesh and a moist texture. Current popular sweet potato varieties include Goldrush, Georgia Red, Centennial, Puerto Rico, New Jersey, and Velvet. Yams YAM The true yam is the tuber of a tropical vine (Dioscorea batatas) and is not even distantly related to the sweet potato. Slowly becoming more common in US markets, the yam is a popular vegetable in Latin American and Caribbean markets, with over 150 varieties available worldwide. Generally sweeter than than the sweet potato, this tuber can grow over seven feet in length. The word yam comes from African words njam, nyami, or djambi, meaning "to eat," and was first recorded in America in 1676. The yam tuber has a brown or black skin which resembles the bark of a tree and off-white, purple or red flesh, depending on the variety. They are at home growing in tropical climates, primarily in South America, Africa, and the Caribbean. Yams contain more natural sugar than sweet potatoes and have a higher moisture content. They are also marketed by their Spanish names, boniato and ñame
Nov. 19, 2012 10:54 am
I have always thought that yams were just about impossible to buy in the states and we basically see only sweet potatoes. Here is a very interesting article on the differences and recipes made with each . . .
Nov. 19, 2012 11:13 am
I agree. In the US from a practical standpoint, what you are buying are sweet potatoes. I can't speak to the rules/laws in other countries. Found this on one website......their words not mine......"Today the U.S. Department of Agriculture requires labels with the term ‘yam’ to be accompanied by the term ‘sweet potato.’ Unless you specifically search for yams, which are usually found in an international market, you are probably eating sweet potatoes!".....
Noemi - No way is she a
Nov. 19, 2012 12:33 pm
Thank so much Don, Scotdog & Goodfood for your help and very interesting information. Happy Thanksgiving!!
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