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    What is the Difference Between a Sweet Potato and a Yam?

    Jonathan Schultheis (January, 1998)

    Several decades ago, when orange-fleshed sweet potatoes were introduced in the southern United States, producers and shippers desired to distinguish them from the more traditional, white-fleshed types. The African word nyami, referring to the starchy, edible root of the Dioscorea genus of plants, was adopted in its English form, yam. Yams in the U.S. are actually sweetpotatoes with relatively moist texture and orange flesh. Although the terms are generally used interchangeably, the U.S. Department of Agriculture requires that the label yam always be accompanied by sweetpotato.

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    North Carolina Cooperative Extension
    North Carolina State University
    January, 1998
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