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Yam, Sweet White CASE 40LB
Varieties with white flesh have a firmer and drier texture, while orange-fleshed varieties are soft and moist.
While many might know the orange-fleshed Sweet potato varieties as “yams”, they are not the same thing – not even biologically close. Yams are big, starchy, dry tubers that are generally white-fleshed. They are native to Africa, where they are mainly commercially grown today. The word “yam” even comes from its African name, nyami. Everything produced and sold as a “yam” is really a Sweet potato. This confusion started around the middle of the 20th century. The common varieties of American Sweet potatoes at that time had white flesh, so when a newcomer hit the market with orange flesh, people wanted a term to differentiate the two main types: soft orange flesh versus firm lighter flesh. So, Colonial America borrowed a word brought over by slaves, who saw that the Sweet potatoes looked similar to the yams they knew in Africa, hence they called them by the same familiar name. Marketers ran with it, and the name "yam" was commercially applied to the orange-fleshed Sweet potato in order to distinguish it from the others (even though, ironic enough, yams usually have white flesh). This misnomer has continued to this day as orange varieties are still called yams, and are even labeled as such in stores, even though, botanically and culinary speaking, they are Sweet potatoes.
Sweet potatoes should not be refrigerated, but rather stored loose in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight.
Sweet potatoes can be used in both savory and sweet applications. They are served as a cooked vegetable in whole or mashed form, and can be baked, roasted, steamed, boiled, simmered, or fried. Sweet potato can be thinly sliced and sautéed for use in casseroles, ratatouille, or lasagna, cubed and simmered in soup, chili, or coconut curries, or cut into wedges and fried, served with your favorite dipping sauce. Soft and sugary orange-fleshed varieties are even used in bread and cake recipes, or as pie filling, pairing well with spices like nutmeg, cinnamon, and allspice, and the sweet flavors of maple syrup or brown sugar.
Sweet potatoes rank as one of the healthiest vegetables because of their high levels of vitamin A, C, iron, potassium, and fiber. Sweet potatoes are packed with complex carbs, which the body uses for energy, and they also offer antioxidants, which are three times more concentrated in the skin than the flesh.