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8 x 10 acrylic on panel

What is the difference between a Yam and a Sweet Potato?

I bought this little guy at the market in a bin saying Yams.. however upon further investigation, it really is a Sweet Potato.

"Although yams and sweet potatoes are both angiosperms (flowering plants), they are not related botanically. Shocking!  Yams are monocots ( a plant having one embryonic seed leaf) and from the Dioscoreaceae or Yam family. Sweet Potatoes, often called “yams” are a dicot (a plant having two embryonic seed leaves) and are from the Convovulacea or morning glory family."

Apparently yams are really big and hard and blackish with a mean texture. Actually I probably never had one. There are 4 types of Sweet potatoes in the markets. This one is a Jewel variety.

© Heidi Younger

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