In a gut-striking moment of discovery, I have found out that yams and sweet potatoes, in fact, are not the same thing.
Traditionally in the South, we don’t use the word "yam." Instead, we refer to the food as sweet potatoes.
And in fact, this is entirely, entirely correct.
Actual yams and sweet potatoes are unrelated foods, as I randomly discovered tonight.
We normally have foods like pumpkin pie and sweet potato pie for Thanksgiving and sometimes Christmas, though that kind of phenomenon is pretty universal in the USA, I think.
You also hear of the dish called "candied yams."
Turns out, they’re actually sweet potatoes. The reason being, at least according to Wikipedia, is that the softer, sweeter, and orange potatoes are marketed as yams to differentiate them from a harder white variety.
Not withstanding, sweet potatoes are incredibly healthy food. They have a lot of beta carotene, Vitamin C, and Vitamin B6. They’re also easy to prepare and have a distinctive flavor.
This is a picture of a sweet potato, but the ones we have in the South are usually longer, thinner, and have a slightly deeper orange color on the inside. The orange color is especially pronounced once they’ve been cooked.
Try one if you have the chance; you can bake them and eat them that way. Delicious AND nutritious!
Powered by Qumana