What’s the difference between yams and sweet potatoes?

This has always been so confusing, partially because I trust the signs at supermarkets. Lesson 1, don’t do that. When you see a sign for “yam” in an American supermarket, it’s likely wrong. Often, what we call “yams” in the US, is an orange colored variety of sweet potato. So, it’s not a yam, got that? This reminds me of when my little cousin used to run around saying “I am what I am but I am not a yam.” Say that three times fast…hehe

So, then I went around thinking, everything we see here is a sweet potato. The problem is that I frequent Asian supermarkets, and yup, they actually have real yams there. Now, I get more confused.

So I was about to do a bunch of research to finally learn the difference once and for all (and write up a post for y’all), but why do that when I just found another blog that already wrote it up and did a damn good job of it.

For the difference between yams and sweet potatoes, check out Zoe Bakes here.

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