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No Yams About It!

Updated on November 11, 2008

Yams

Sweet Potatoes

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?

They're Not:

  • 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

Sweet Potatoes

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

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