sweet potato

Curry and Maple Sweet Potato Soup The sweet potato is as tasty and healthy as it is confusing. First off, here in the U.S., the root vegetable is often confused with yams. These are not only different foods, they belong to different plant families all together. That said, it is easy to find sweet potatoes and yams that look alike in terms of size, skin color, and flesh color. And government agencies have allowed the terms to be used interchangeably.

Here are some rules to help you keep it all straight:

  • You should assume that you are always purchasing a sweet potato, even if the sign says “yams.” Over 1 million sweet potatoes are commercially grown in the U.S. each year, while commercial production of yams in the U.S. is rare.
  • Don’t use flesh color to decide whether you are getting a sweet potato or a yam. Both root vegetables come in a variety of colors.
  • Yams are not as sweet at sweet potatoes.

Sweet potatoes are high in Vitamin A and Vitamin C and cook rather quickly compared to other potatoes, making them a healthy option throughout the week. Here are a few recipes to get you going.