A common misconception is that sweet potatoes and yams are the same thing. It is very amusing when it causes a polite disagreement at the supper table which then degrades to a slightly louder and less polite dissent, followed by an all out food fight. (I do recommend that at these times, just sit back in your chair and watch, never ever get involved, always record the evidence)
So talking to a friend about food, naturally, her mother says “pass the yams” to a sibling. The sibling, a teacher, politely dissents that the bowl of mashed orange stuff on the table are in fact sweet potato. The conversation rapidly degrades into name calling and eventually flung “yam”.
So. What IS the difference, and why is everyone so very confused?
Way back in the day, before your grandparents were “young”, farmers and produce peddlers had the original, white fleshed, harder sweet potato. Then some brilliant person introduced the now popular brown skinned, orange coloured, sweet tasting and soft, sweet potato. They felt that this would be very confusing for the consumer and the cultivator alike and wanted to make it easy to tell the two apart. So the name Yam was adopted due to the similarities.
In my research no one ever identified who “they” were that decided these things, nor do I understand how anyone thought that there was any form of similarity between the yam and popular orange sweet potato. Also, no one thought that eventually someone would start to bring produce into the markets from other places, like the yam from its native home in Africa, and try to sell it?
|The sweet potato you would see in a supermarket||Yam, shaggy, long, and not orange|
Characteristics: Sweet Potato
Comes in a couple varieties, colours and firmnesses.
Long and can grow very large
So there you have it folks. The reason that sweet potatoes and yams are confused, and how to tell the difference between them, and even a way to make a stuffy family dinner more entertaining. But wait! Recipe blog! Hello! Here is a great recipe for Sweet Potatoes on the grill.
With Frizzled Onions
You will be satisfied after this meal. Especially if you pair it with some fresh corn on the cob and a fully loaded baked potato.View Details
on the Grill
They’re great in lunches, and the pastry is super easy, you cannot mess this pastry up. They keep well for a quick and hearty meal.View Details
with Lemon Curd and Mascarpone Icing
The authentic lemon curd is absolutely delicious and the cream frosting balances the sweetness of it all very nicely.View Details
A Quick and Easy Meal
What do you do when you’re craving ribs and don’t have 3+ hours to braise them, or 8+ hours to smoke them? You make boneless ribs!View Details
With Chocolate Chips
These muffins are great for people on the go, they’re healthy and tasty too!View Details
with Fully Loaded Potato Fans
The garlic and ginger made the pork sing, while the garlicy and salty potatoes smothered in cheese and sour cream balanced the slightly sweet and tangy pork.View Details
Baked On The Grill
These Mozza-sticks are a little lighter. Instead of deep frying them, I baked them on the grill using the Stainless Steel Griddle.View Details
Four Kinds of Goodness
They’re heavenly delicious bites of happiness that will bring joy to the tastebuds of those who eat them.View Details