MOUNT VERNON — We see them all the time in the grocery stores, especially around Thanksgiving: Sweet potatoes and yams. The two-root vegetables look extremely similar and are sometimes labeled interchangeably. This begs the question, “What is the difference between sweet potatoes and yams, if there even is one?”
Klodiana Meka, produce manager at Lanning’s Foods, 1033 Newark Road, was more than happy to help me in my quest to answer this mysterious root-tuber query.
“Some people think they are the same, but I don’t think they are the same; they are different,” Meka told the News. “I think the yams are more stringy than the sweet potatoes. Yams are more starchy … and sweet potatoes are sweeter.”