I love potatoes. I don’t have a flog (food log, and I just made that up), but if I did, I’m sure it’d have potatoes on it everyday (for the past year). I ate “regular” potatoes for most of my life, until recently, I was introduced to sweet potatoes. I loved them. They have a very unprocessed, “rooty” flavor to them. Right around the same time, I was introduced to yams. They also tasted really good. Since then, I tend to look for these morsels when venturing out to societal places of food consumption. I was confused at first, since many times, “Sweet potato” (Mr. Quayle, note that there is no ‘e’ at the end of potato, in its singular form) would be advertised, yet a yam would be the real “product”. I pondered why this was for some time, and kinda put it on “the back burner”. One night after we both had hard workouts early in the day, I took my girlfriend on a hot date to souplantation (February was potato month there, after all). While I was getting more food, there was a customer who wondered the same thing discussed in the previous paragraph, only he was more vocal:
“Excuse me” he nearly yelled to someone behind the potato station. “Yes sir” said an unsuspecting nearby employee, who probably learned English as a second language to Spanish. “The sign says sweet potatoes, but these are really yams”, said the angry man “No, those are sweet potatoes” said Hose-A “No” _Grunt_
- Sweet potatoes and yams are NOT even related. Sweet potatoes are (you guessed it), potatoes (technically, part of the morning glory family), and are native to the
. Yams are native to central America and Americas East Asia, are considered part of the genus Dioscorea (family Dioscoreaceae, or yam family). Huh?
- Dioscorea mexicana contains a chemical that can suppress ovulation in humans and is used as the basis for birth-control pills. Whoa!
- To prevent confusion, the United States Department of Agriculture requires that sweet potatoes labeled as "yams" also be labeled as "sweet potatoes". GENIOUS! I’m obviously in the wrong business. I should be suing restaurants for their false labeling, But I digress
- Both are considered “low” on the glycemic index and glycemic load. Score!