No Yams About It!
You say "puh-tey-toh," I say "puh-tah-toh." It's all the same thing, right? Wrong, especially in regard to sweet potatoes. Think yams and sweet potatoes are the same thing?
- Yams and sweet potatoes are from different plant spieces.
- Yams are native to Aferica and Asia.
- Sweet Potatoes are native to tropical areas in the Americas.
- Yams are starchier and drier.
- Sweet Potatoes contain less natural sugar and have more vitamins A and C.
- Sweet potatoes come in both "firm" and "soft" varieties.
- African slaves called soft sweet potatoes "yams" because they resembled those of their homeland.
- If a label says "yam," the U.S.D.A. requires it to also say "sweet potato," thus adding to the confusion
A Little Thanksgiving Wit & Wisdom
"Gratitude is the inward feeling of kindness received. Thankfulness is the natural impulse to express that feeling. Thanksgiving is the following of that impulse." ~Henry Van Dyke
"I am thankful for laughter, except when milk comes out of my nose." ~Woody Allen
"Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don't have you will never, never have enough." ~Oprah Winfrey
"Thanksgiving dinners take 18 hours to prepare. They are consumed in 12 minutes. Half-times take 12 minutes. This is not a coincidence." ~Erma Bombeck
"Imagine if the Indians would have given the Pilgrims a donkey for the Thanksgiving feast. We would all be getting a piece of ass for Thanksgiving." ~Unknown