Sitting here at my desk my head ventured back to last years thanksgiving dinner. We had turkey complete with stuffing, a ham, vegetables, mashed potatoes and gravy, potato and macaroni salads, the standard cranberry sauce and naturally sweet potatoes. No significant holiday meal was ever complete without sweet potatoes on the table.
These memories made me consider the differences that exist between the two similar vegetables.There is always a bit of confusion between these two items and in this short rant I intend to optimistic dispel the myths surrounding this frozen vegetable. The truth of the matter is that the vegetable that you have called a yam for several years is really nothing more or less than a sweet potato. A true yam most people have never seen nor tasted.
That’s right folks; the candy, orange-colored root vegetable which you cherish so dearly is actually a number of sweet potato. All”yams” that you find in a grocery store or produce market are actually not yams at all. The majority of people wrongly believe that those long, red-skinned goods in the shop are yams, but the fact remains that they are not anything more than one of many varieties of our ordinary sweet potatoes. To answer this question we would first have to discover the main differences that exist between the two products.
A yam is darker in colored than the its popular orange-fleshed cousin. A true yam is an edible root that’s extremely sterile and is usually imported to the USA from the Caribbean. In texture it is rough and scaly and contains hardly any beta carotene.
Based on the sweet potatoes variety its flesh can range from a pure white to the popular orange shade or in some cases even a purple shade. The orange-fleshed variety arrived in the United States multiple decades ago. In an effort to market the imported variety and to distinguish it from the white variety, producers and importers branded the imports with an African term”nyami” and thus called them”yams” for short.
I hope this clears up some of the confusion and mystery related to these two fine foods and with that I wish an excellent eating experience with yams or sweet potatoes. You can search online for additional resources and information.