Category Archives: Food

Ellen’s monologue on sweet potatoes and yams

[#yamgate] For those people fascinated by the confusion some Americans have about sweet potatoes and yams, you should probably watch this clip from The Ellen Show. During the monologue she showed two photographs: a white-skinned sweet potato (which she called … Continue reading

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Selling sweet potatoes as yams is illegal

I didn’t realize this until recently, but apparently if a company or store labels sweet potatoes as “yams,” they can get in trouble with the United States Department of Agriculture, which views sweet potato (Ipomoea batatas) and yams (Dioscorea spp.) … Continue reading

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Sweet potato flesh can reduce yam confusion

So I have a silly, futile goal of reducing the confusion over sweet potatoes and yams in the United States. If you are a grocery store manager and are on board with this silly, futile goal, please consider displaying the … Continue reading

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Letter to customers about yams and sweet potatoes

If you are the produce czar or czarina at a grocery store, here’s a sign you can print out that will reduce shoppers’ confusion over yams and sweet potatoes. Come on, do your part! More at “Yams versus sweet potatoes“. … Continue reading

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