What is the difference between a sweet potato and a yam?
Yams and sweet potatoes are biologically unrelated plants. In the U.S. the names are used interchangeably. The majority are different varieties of sweet potato. The main distinguishing factor is that a sweet potato tends to have ends which taper to a point and yams tend to have rough scaly skin. In addition, wild yams have been recorded to weigh up to 130 lbs. There are approximately 200 different varieties of yams with flesh colors varying from white to ivory to yellow to purple while their thick skin comes in white, pink or brownish-black. Their shape is long and cylindrical (oftentimes having offshoots referred to as "toes") while their exterior texture is rough and scaly. There is great confusion between yams and sweet potatoes in the United States; most of the vegetables labeled "yams" in the markets are really orange-colored sweet potatoes. The sweet potato has yellow or orange flesh, and its thin skin may either be white, yellow, orange, red or purple. Sometimes this root vegetable will be shaped like a potato, being short and blocky with rounded ends, while other times it will be longer with tapered ends. There is often much confusion between sweet potatoes and yams; the moist-fleshed, orange-colored root vegetable that is often called a "yam" is actually a sweet potato. Nutritionally speaking:
Sweet potatoes are relatively low in calories and have no fat. They are rich in beta-carotene; having five times the recommended daily allowance of Vitamin A in one sweet potato, as well as loaded with potassium. These nutrients help to protect against heart attack and stroke. The potassium helps maintain fluid and electrolyte balance in the body cells, as well as help maintain normal heart function and blood pressure. Yams are similar nutritionally but are not a great source of Vitamin A. They are a good source of vitamin C, potassium, manganese, dietary fiber, and vitamin B6 (pyridoxine). Yams are also known to help protect against cardiovascular disease, benefit those with hypertension, and believed to be an anti-cancer food.
A sweet potato is more like a yam and has a higher sugar content.
The Yam is a sweet potato while the announcer is a common tater. HAHAHAHA FUNNY JOKE!!!!
Do Mexicans know the difference between a Sweet Potato and Yam As it seems impossible to get a sweet potato here in Mexico?
I am aware other tuber sweet and the vine type. I was served a very sweet potato, by A Peruvian lady. It is a little sweet and different in texture
I believe the names are used interchangeably. Yes, they are the same thing. in America sweet potato is called yam. the Indian yam is not the same as sweet potato... sweet potato is long pink in colour and yam is also called the elephant yam is pretty big compared to sweet potato and round in shape.
A sweet potato is also known as a yam.
Three letters , very yummy , much like a sweet potato but is called something different it a ..... YAM! YAM!
Yam, and sweet potato are like a potato, except they are sweet. With yam being sweeter than the sweet potato, they are not the same plant despite popular belief. Also a vegetable called celery root, or celariac can apparently be made to taste like mashed potatoes. Yam and sweet potato are root tubers Celariac is a root vegetable
Yam is a vegetable. It is a other name for sweet potato.
yam, sweet potato
This is a yam.
Sweet patotoe. C: or yam.
sweet potato, yam potato, red potato, Idaho and many many more.
Millet, yam/taro,sweet potato, sweet corn
That is a "yam".
yes you can but it will not be the same.
Dioscorea rotunda, is the scientific name for the "white yam", and Dioscorea cayenensis, is the "yellow yam."
a yam, or sweet potato, looks like a large potato. The inside is orange and the skin has a more red/orange tone than most potatoes.
Potato (Not sweet potato!) Onion Water Chestnut Ginger Yam rose bamboo
carrots, onion, garlic, potato, peanuts, yam, sweet potato, radish etc.
It depends which plant is used for the starch. Some of the names are simply based on the name of the plant. Some major examples are: Cassava (or Manioc): Tapioca, Farinha, Gari. Potato: Potato Starch. Sweet Potato: Sweet Potato Starch. Taro: Poi. Yam (not the same plant as Sweet Potato): Yam Starch. Arrowroot starch is made from a variety of different plants.
rutabaga, turnip, sweet potato, yam
yes and its not a sweet potato. remember potatoes are tubers
A yam looks like a sweet potato but is barely related to the sweet potato at all. it has very tough skin that varies from dark brown to light pink. the insides vary in color from white, yellow, purple, and pink on the inside.
'Yamish' means 'like, or pertaining to' a yam, which is a sweet potato.
Carrot, parsnip, radish, beetroot, swede, turnip, mangel wurzel, yam, potato, sweet potato...
No. A yam looks like a sweet potato, but they are often a little shorter and larger in size. The inside can be white or yellow.
Carrots,yam,sweet potato,cassava and sugar beet
Any root vegetables would be good. Some good ones could be yam or sweet potato.
Potatoes are also call common potatoes, Irish potatoes and spuds(slang). Yams can be called Greater Yam, Asiatic Yam, White Yam, Winged Yam, Water Yam. Nigerians call the yam adamwanga. Note: Sweet potatoes are not yams.
No, a yam is similar to a sweet potato and a perogi is Ukranian or Polish food item like a dumpling or ravioli
Casava Starch has low fat and high proteins than Potato, sweet potato and yam. It has Vitamin K too.
I am sure that the answer is axillary buds.
The paler-skinned sweet potato has a thin, light yellow skin with pale yellow flesh which is not sweet and has a dry, crumbly texture similar to a white baking potato. The darker-skinned variety (which is most often called "yam" in error) has a thicker, dark orange to reddish skin with a vivid orange, sweet flesh and a moist texture
Although it is often confused with the sweet potato (Ipomoea batatas), it is not, and is the edible tuber of a plant in the Dioscoreaceae family.
She divided the money between her two brothers. In class, he sits between his best friend and his cousin. Put a slice of bologna between two slices of bread. What is the difference between a sweet potato and a yam? He spotted his daughter playing between the swing set and the sandbox. If I had to choose between the two schools, I'd chose the smaller one.
Its all Marketing. According to Alton Brown from Food Network's Good Eats, the word Yam was a marketing ploy for a variety of sweet potato that was more orange fleshed than other sweet potatoes. But as you will see below according to about.com http://homecooking.about.com/od/howtocookvegetables/a/sweetpotatodiff.htm Yam or sweet potato, many people use these terms interchangeably both in conversation and in cooking, but they are really two different vegetables. Popular in the American South, these yellow or… Read More
Yellow yam is a starchy tuberous vegetable grown on a vine. Variations are common all over the world, but especially in west Africa. Contrary to popular myth it is NOT the same as a sweet potato.
In the US there is no difference. There is another 'true' yam mostly found in parts of africa, that though also a tuber (edible root) is nothing like either one.
Hi, If what is generally called as 'sweet potato' is what you are referring to 'yam vegetable' it is called 'RATALA' in marathi. If you are referring to the entire family of tubers, that are called 'KANDA MULA'. Hope it helps you.
The sweet potato (Ipomoea batatas) has traditionally been referred to as a yam in parts of the United States and Canada, but it is not part of the Dioscoreaceae family. (Wikipedia) For the source and more detailed information concerning your request, click on the related links section (Wikipedia) indicated directly below this answer section.
I am not sure what you mean by classification. If you mean this in a culinary sense, I imagine it would be classified as a starch. Botanically speaking, the yam is a member of the Dioscorea genus. It should not be confused with the sweet potato (Ipomoea genus) or the common potato (Solanum genus). All of these plants are in different plant families.
How do scientists explain the appearance of the sweet potato in both the americas and in the islands of the pacific?
It is likely that the sweet potato, which was among the potatoes native to North and South America, was brought to the Pacific by Spanish explorers after their discovery in the New World. However, cultivation in some parts of Polynesia actually predates European exploration by about 500 years, so the possibility exists that early Polynesians traveled as far west as Central America and transplanted the sweet potato then. The sweet potato (Ipomoea batatas) is botanically… Read More
You can! Make sure you poke some holes in the skin of the yam, then wrap with foil. Cooking time is similar to that of conventional ovens, and is dependent upon the size of the yam/sweet potato or Idaho.
Well if you cut it in half a sweet potato would be orange while a regular potato would be white! ^_^ Sweet potatoes are grown in certain countries but not where you would usually grow regular white based potatoes. It is complicated. You can grow yams in many places regular gardens grow regular potatoes, but the sweet potato is a more complicated vegetable. Check with your local extension service ONLINE to see about growth of… Read More
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There are seven different species of yam which are cultivated in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean, and Oceania. They are all members of the Dioscoreaceae family. Keep in mind that this is the true yam, which does NOT include the sweet potato-type vegetable produced in the US for North American consumption. Those are a completely different plant.
The scientific name is Dioscorea alata. Of the family Dioscoreaceae.Yam is the common name for the Greater Yam, Asiatic Yam, White Yam, Winged Yam and Water Yam. Sweet potatoes are often called sweet yams, but they are not yams.
Yams are a vegetable native to Africa. Grown in tropical regions around the world, Yams are a root crop. Though many think they closely resemble sweet potatoes, yams are not related to the sweet potato at all.
Sweet potato and yams are packed with more nutrition, but the regular old Idaho potato does have some good B vitamins. It is the processing of white potatoes into mashed mixes and the butter topping that makes white potatoes get a reputation for being unhealthy. There are all kinds of potatoes in between, particularly the rarer heirloom varieties such as the purple peruvian mountain potato, the Japanese purple sweet potato, African Yam, and others that… Read More