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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

I Told You So

People insist they are eating yams and not sweet potatoes. No one believes me when I tell them the facts. Here is the truth about yams and sweet potatoes.

Basically, there are many varieties of sweet potatoes. However, if sold in the store as yams, the word sweet potatoes must be included. That is why you see signs with "Sweet Potatoes/YAMS" in front of the bins.

"The U.S. Department of Agriculture requires that anything labeled "yam" that is not a true yam should always accompanied by the words "sweet potato," but that doesn't always happen. I often see a bin labeled "sweet potatoes" next to a bin labeled "yams" in the grocery store and both bins contain different varieties of sweet potatoes."

Yams are entirely different than any variety of sweet potatoes, no matter what the signs or the grocer tells you.

I read another article that said that unless you were shopping at an African market, you were not getting yams, just sweet potatoes.

You can read all about it HERE.

Your turn
Did you know this info about sweet potatoes and yams?


  1. Replies
    1. Janet,
      The last person to whom I told that informed me that the grocery store was trustworthy and knew what they were doing.

  2. I notice yams at a store I ship are almost always cheaper than sweet potatoes. I guess they're just a cheaper version? This was interesting but now I'm confused but doesn't matter as I usually buy from price and look and use interchangeable.

    1. SAM,
      Read the article again. Sweet potatoes are interchangeable. Your local grocery store has sweet potatoes if you can use them interchangeably. Yams cannot be used for sweet potato pie. Did you see the picture of the yam in the article in the link?


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