Category Archives: Food

Open letter to produce managers re: yams

Dear Produce Manager, If you want to sell more orange-fleshed sweet potatoes, craft your labels with “yams” in parentheses, like this: Sweet potatoes (“yams”) Because you are a produce manager, you undoubtedly know that a yam is a completely unrelated … Continue reading

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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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