The diference between yams and sweet potatoes used to be confusing. The two are not related – yams, which are oranger, are from the lily and grass family, and the original sweet potato is yellower and from the morning glory family. Originally, In the U.S., only firm sweet potatoes were raised. Once a soft variety was commercially grown, there was no need to market both. To prevent confusion, the United States Department of Agriculture now requires sweet potatoes labeled as “yams” to also be labeled as “sweet potatoes”
Potatoes originated with the Andean peoples of ancient Peru around 8000 BC, and over the years they developed potatoes of many colors, shapes and sizes. A tribute to sweet potatoes’ health properties is they are so rich with vitamin A and carotenes, once they reached the diet of the African Ugandan people, it caused a great increase in the population’s general health.
Fresh vegetables are costly these days. However, if you have been beating up on your nutrition quota lately and want to do your body good, steam or bake up a couple of large sweet potatoes and dress them with a little olive oil and some yogurt. Sweet potatoes are highly regarded for their richness in vitamin A, B6, C, beta-carotene, thiamine, manganese and pentothenic acid.
Choose sweet potatoes which are firm, even textured and free of cracks, and store at room temperature.
Complement sweet potatoes with maple syrup, orange juice/zest, brown sugar, pecans, bacon, ginger, cinnamon,
Bake and top with Greek Yogurt
Roasted as fries
Healthier steamed than boiled
Here are some foodsites with sweet potato recipes: