They are not the same. Here's an answer from the Library of Congress:
actually they are the same. There is no difference between yams and sweet potatoes
Do sweet potatoes or yams have cholesterol in them.
sweet potatoes are different from yams because sweet potatoes are roots and rams are tubers
Yams, and sweet potatoes are an intrchangeable word in the united states. But they are not exactly the same. sweet potatoes have tapered ends, and are smaller. Yams have rough skin and can grow much larger,sometimes to the size of a football or lager. Tastewise they are very similar and can be substituted for one another.
Yams are often a purple, opaque but fleshy looking ribbed thing that grows on a vine in tropical areas. Whereas sweet potatoes are hard, potato like tubers which grow in the ground.
yams and sweet potatoes are the same but i don't know what type of veggie it is
No. They are two different types of root vegetable. Sweet potatoes are sweeter and a darker color than yams.
Yams are from Africa. Sweet potatoes are different.
Likely as not, no. See, 95% of the world's cultivation of yams are grown in West Africa. The remainder originated from Africa and have been developed for the areas they are grown. As trade between Africa and Plymouth Colony, there were no yams at the first Thanksgiving. There were probably sweet potatoes, but sweet potatoes are not yams. No, don't bother arguing. Tomatoes are fruit, strawberries are not a berry and are a vegetable, and sweet potatoes aren't even remotely related to yams.
In many American grocery stores, the vegetables labeled “yams” and “sweet potatoes” are just different varieties of sweet potatoes—when a softer, orange-fleshed variety of sweet potatoes hit the U.S. markets in the mid-20th century, they were labeled as yams to differentiate them from varieties Americans were already familiar with, and the name stuck. True yams are somewhat rare in the United States. They’re starchier than sweet potatoes, they have a slightly different shape (sweet potatoes taper toward the ends; yams stay more cylindrical and can be up to five feet long), and their skin is rough and bumpy. They’re more comparable to a white russet potato than a sweet potato, and they’re commonly used in Caribbean and West African cooking.
A sweet potato is a large, fleshy vegetable with thick roots grown in moist, warm, sandy soil, or sawdust in greenhouses. Yams, on the otherhand, are mostly grown in tropical countries and grown like vines. Many people in North America have eaten sweet potoes mistaken as yams.
for making candied yams I use about 3 tablespoons per pound of yams (sweet potatoes).
Sweet potatoes are commonly reffered to as 'sweet potatoes', some people will also call them 'filthy henries', 'butter bags', 'orange betties' and 'yams'.
A red potato is a firm variety of potato; white potatoes are Irish and English varieties, a sweet potato is not really a potato, it was mistakenly called one by the English. Sweet potatoes are often called yams but they are two different tubers.
Begonias, potatoes, yams, sweet potatoes, dahlias, and cassavas are tubers.
In the US, what is marketed as 'yams' or 'candied yams' are actually the same thing as sweet potatoes. In Africa and such places you can find real yams, which are whitish pink to purple in color. The only way to tell whether (canned) sweet potatoes or the ones packaged as yams have more sugar is to read the labels of the individual brands.
yes because its in the sam family
A perfect side dish for holidays or any fall meal. Delicious yams or sweet potatoes candied with brown sugar, cinnamon, butter and topped with marshmallows. A variety of recipes to choose from including traditional and gourmet candied yams and sweet potatoes.