Information about Vegetables: Yam and Sweet Potato

About yams and sweet potatoes, information about the vegetables, production, history and varieties in the world.

Yam and Sweet Potato

They are both members of the morning glory or Ipomoea family, the yam used in the U.S. not being the true tropical yam. Often our sweet potatoes are a pale yellow inside, containing much vitamin A and a good amount of C; while the yams are a deep orange, an indication of a higher amount of vitamin A. These tubers played an important part in our early history, serving as a staple for both humans and livestock. They also did their part in the survival of the South after the Civil War (where they are greatly cultivated even today), and for a century, Georgia was the leading producer. Choose small or medium-sized sweet potatoes without any visible blemish.

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