Usually one the biggest mix-ups in the vegetable game is determining the difference between the Yam and Sweet Potato. Yams and Sweet potatoes are root vegetables grown by the tuberous root.The tuberous root vegetables come from a flowering plant originating from Africa; which a majority of its crop comes from today. Related to lilies, Yams can be small as regular potatoes or even to several feet long. Mostly cylindrical shape Yam come shaped with colorful flesh – brown, white, purple and reddish.

Yams are found in most African, Caribbean and Asian markets and then to be drier and starchier than sweet potatoes. Since yams and sweet potatoes resemble each other you will see them labeled as “yams” in most U.S. grocery stores.

Yam varieties are classified as either “firm” or “soft.” Preparations can be as vast as the varieties, including boiling, grilling, roasting, baking, or sautéing. Yams should never be refrigerated until they’re cooked. Leftovers should be wrapped, refrigerated, and eaten within a few days.