Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Yams rare in American markets.(Food)

Byline: New Mexico's Own PATRICIA AARON For the Journal

* Sweet potato, a different plant, a nutritional powerhouse

Question: What is the difference between a sweet potato and a yam? Do you know of different ways I can prepare and serve them to my family?

Answer: The sweet potato, Ipomoea batatas, and the yam, Dioscorea bulbifera, are from different plants. Sweet potatoes, despite their names, are not related to potatoes. Of the morning glory family, sweet potatoes are native to the Americas.

Sweet potatoes are of two types the dry-meated and the moist-meated.

What are called yams in America are generally moist-meated sweet potatoes.

The skin varies in color from light copper to dark red and purple with bright orange flesh that is sweet and moist when cooked. …

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