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Yam Latkes

Yams are an excellent source of vitamin C and B, potassium, and fibre. Alternatively, you can also substitute yams with sweet potatoes in this recipe. So what’s the actual difference between yams and sweet potatoes? I get asked this all the time when clients are shopping.

Sweet potatoes are not a type of yam, and yams are not a type of sweet potato. Confused yet? True yams are hard to find and grown in Africa and Asia and not typically found in your everyday grocery store.


True Yam

True yams have a cylindrical shape with blackish or brown, bark-like skin and white, purple or reddish flesh.


What is a sweet potato? There are two popular kinds of sweet potatoes that are commonly found in grocery stores. One has a golden skin and paler flesh and cooks firm. The other has a copper skin and orange flesh, cooks soft and often what we call “yam”.


sweet potato


Which one do you prefer? My go-to is the soft orange flesh “yam”. It tastes a bit sweeter to me and I love the texture.





Reference: The Kitchn