During the month of October, I will be participating in the Write 31 Days hosted by Crystal Stine. My category is Food, Health & Wellness and my theme is "Into The Kitchen".
That is a good question, and one I am glad you asked. With Thanksgiving just around the corner, it is something we should explore, so before you say "Please pass the yams," you might want to read this.
Yams have a higher moisture content and more natural sugar than sweet potatoes, but they also have less Vitamins A and C. There are over 100 species of yams ranging from small potato size to over 5 feet long. Can you imagine if sweet potatoes grew to that size? Depending on the variety, their flesh ranges from off-white to dark brown.
Sweet potatoes, on the other hand, are the edible root of a plant belonging to the Morning Glory family. Surprised? If you've ever seen Morning Glories, then you will notice the resemblance.
The dark ones have an orange flesh, are sweet and have a higher moisture content. All sweet potatoes are high in Vitamins A and C. The orange ones are the only ones I have cooked or eaten, and are the ones I find as fries in restaurants.
My favorite way to eat sweet potatoes is the opposite of what you find on your Thanksgiving table. I like them fried or roasted with Cajun or other spicy seasoning. To me it makes a nice balance of sweet and spicy.
How do you eat sweet potatoes?