Feb 152011

I have eaten sweet potatoes and yams all of my life, but every time I take a bite of these flavorful vegetables, I can’t help but wonder: Am I eating a yam or a sweet potato? And what in the world is the difference between the two?! Well, I was on a mission to set the record straight with this issue, but after consulting many results that came out of my Google search, honestly I still don’t know! There are so many different answers that I can’t exactly pinpoint the correct one. I did find this chart that helps explain the technical terms, and according to the site, sweet potatoes are marketed as yams but they’re actually sweet potatoes–so I guess that solves the mystery? That website isn’t very official but unless someone corrects me (which I hope you do if you know the answer!), this is what I am going with.

How could I have gone so many years without answering this simple question? I’m really not sure, but what I do know is that they are a great, healthy alternative to regular russet potatoes and very tasty!  Here is my ode to tasty sweet potatoes and/or yams: Sweet Potato Fries! Lightly tossed with olive oil, fresh parsley, salt and pepper before baked in the oven. A great side dish or snack especially during a busy work week. Happy Tuesday, Everyone!

Homemade Sweet Potato Fries Recipe:

1 Sweet potato (or yam)
fresh or dried parsley
salt and pepper to taste
olive oil

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cut up the sweet potato into thin slices, and toss in a little parsley, salt, pepper and drizzle with a light coat of olive oil. Once the ingredients are incorporated, lay them in a single layer on a baking sheet and bake for 25 minutes. Then check on them every 5 minutes (after the initial 25 mins) until they are tender all the way through and slightly crispy on the outside. Enjoy with some spicy mustard!

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  9 Responses to “Sweet Potato or Yam?”

  1. Sweet potato fries are sooo good! Could eat them every day ;).

  2. It is so funny how I found this post, just last night I was thinking about making sweet potato fries and burgers!
    So yum!
    I always thought sweet potatos and yams were the same!

  3. Mmmm…so yummy. I adore sweet potato fries.

    I’ve never figured out the difference between them either…I just dub them all sweet potatoes.

  4. Sweet Pot fries are my life blood… I never make less than an entire bag of them because even that much is never enough. I use paprika and cinnamon with a bit o’ salt. Did you know that if you put the potatoes in a bath of salt water after you’re cutting them (while you’re cutting the rest) they won’t brown? No idea why, mothers… they just know stuff, mine is a smart lady.

    • That is a great tip! I will definitely try the salt water trick–I’ve actually heard that’s how they make french fries in restaurants, so your mom is definitely one step ahead of the game! And sometimes I will add paprika on my sweet potato fries, too! So tasty!

  5. Thanks for checking out my post, everyone! It makes me so happy!!

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