Yam is a potato-like root that is often confused with sweet potatoes. It is not the same – they are not even related – but the use is pretty similar to that of normal potatoes and sweet potatoes.

Yams can grow up to 2.5 meters in length and weigh up to 70 kg! They have a rough brown or black skin which is difficult to peel, but it softens after heating. The flesh varies in colour from off-white to pink, purple or red depending on variety.

The yam is a popular vegetable in the Caribbean, and it has over 150 varieties worldwide. It is generally sweeter than than the sweet potato as it contains more natural sugar, and it has a higher moisture content.


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