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Is there a difference between a sweet potato and a yam?

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Asked by Anonymous at 12:25 PM on Sep. 11, 2009 in Food & Drink

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  • They are the same.

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:29 PM on Sep. 11, 2009

  • no they are NOT the same. "The yam and sweet potato are quite different plants, although they may look somewhat alike. In most cases, if you are eating a very sweet orange or yellow fleshed potato, you are actually eating a sweet potato and not a yam. Unless you’re shopping at an international market, or happen to be consuming your meal in Africa, chances are that you are consuming a sweet potato".

    Answer by admckenzie at 12:31 PM on Sep. 11, 2009

  • op here: I saw organic yams sold at my super market and was thinging of buying them to cook and puree for my 6 month old

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:37 PM on Sep. 11, 2009

  • Sweet potato varieties are classified as either ‘firm’ or ‘soft’. When cooked, those in the ‘firm’ category remain firm, while ‘soft’ varieties become soft and moist. It is the ‘soft’ varieties that are often labeled as yams in the United States.


    Answer by mom2aspclboy at 2:11 PM on Sep. 11, 2009

  • Both will be just fine for your baby. I'd boil them or steam them peeled. Maybe a wee bit of nutmeg or cinnamon.

    Answer by VikkiMarie21 at 3:50 PM on Sep. 11, 2009

  • They are not the same, but are quite similar. You can cook them both the same and interchange the two in recipes.

    Answer by ThrivingMom at 7:45 PM on Sep. 11, 2009

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