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Are sweet potatoes and yams the same vegetable?

 

Q. Where could I get an actual yam (some 7 feet long!!!) It seems to me that the grocery stores in Boise may be confused in what is a sweet potato and what is a yam.

 

A.  Sweet potatoes and yams are constantly confused for one another in the United States.  Most of the markets label orange-colored sweet potatoes as yams.  A true yam is a starchy, edible tuber that is generally imported from the Caribbean.  It differs greatly from the sweet potato in taste, texture, and appearance.

 

 

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