Sweet Potato vs. Yam

There is a definite difference between sweet potatoes and yams.
Sweet Potatoes are readily found in grocery stores.
Category: storage root
Appearance: smooth, with a thin skin
Shape: short with tapered ends
Texture: moist
Taste: sweet

Yams are not commonly found in North America, but are sometimes imported from the Caribbean.
Category: tuber root
Appearance: rough, scaly skin
Shape: long, cylindrical
Texture: dry
Taste: starchy tasting

1 cup of yams (cubed and cooked) contains the following :

  • Calories 158 cal
  • Vitamin C 16.5 mg
  • Vitamin B1 (thiamin) 0.1 mg
  • Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) 0.3 mg
  • Manganese 0.5 mg
  • Potassium 911 mg
  • Dietary Fibre 5.3 g

*These are approximate values

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