The students in my senior class design their own food product and one product this semester is going to use sweet potatoes. When I went shopping for them today, the local grocery store only had, what they called, yams. As they looked like sweet potatoes to me, I bought them!
Sweet potatoes (Ipomoea batatas) and yams (genus: Dioscorea) are often confused, partly because Americans call sweet potatoes – yams. On the basis that as I wouldn’t know a yam if it leapt up and bit me*, I presume that I bought the right vegetable:
What do you think?
*Neither sweet potatoes or yams are part of the British diet. Probably because both need a warm climate to grow. So I first saw raw sweet potatoes when I moved to the US. As far as I know I have never seen a yam.