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Orange Fleshed Sweet Potatoes: Where to buy?

Wolfgang May 28, 2009 10:19 AM

I love sweet potato fries. Whenever I get them, they're always a beautiful reddish orange colour. For the past several months, whenever I check out the sweet potatoes at the market--Co-Op in Santa Monica, big name grocery stores, etc., I scratch them and the flesh is white.
The only ones I see with the orange flesh are labeled yams.

Will a yam fry taste like a sweet potato fry?

Where are you finding orange fleshed sweet potatoes?

I'm in Santa Monica but I get east of the 405 regularly for work.


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    houndofmusic RE: Wolfgang May 28, 2009 11:03 AM

    The "yams" that you see in grocery stores are most likely sweet potatoes, as people often incorrectly use these terms interchangeably. Sweet potatoes are more of a fall/winter vegetable, but you can still get some at the SM farmers market from Rocky Canyon farms. This is the guy who also sells pork and beef, but his garnet sweet potatoes are superb.

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    1. re: houndofmusic
      Wolfgang RE: houndofmusic May 28, 2009 11:39 AM

      Which SM farmers' market?

      1. re: Wolfgang
        houndofmusic RE: Wolfgang May 29, 2009 12:41 PM

        Wednesday and Saturday. The Wednesday SM market is the top farmers market in southern California, without any question. He also goes to the Sunday Hollywood market.

    2. Akitist RE: Wolfgang May 28, 2009 12:23 PM

      Yeah, what we call yams are a variety of sweet potato. Yams are a different veggie entirely, not members of the potato family at all.

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      1. re: Akitist
        Wolfgang RE: Akitist May 28, 2009 02:16 PM

        Who is we? Are the grocery stores mislabeling them?

        I'm only calling a yam what is in the yam basket.

        1. re: Wolfgang
          Nicole RE: Wolfgang May 28, 2009 03:14 PM

          In the U.S., the word "yam" is commonly used to refer to orange fleshed sweet potatoes. The yellow and white ones you are encountering are both sweet potatoes, but the custom is to call the white-fleshed ones sweet potatoes and the orange-fleshed ones yams (but sometimes the orange-fleshed ones are also called sweet potatoes, hence the confusion). Long story short, go ahead and buy the "yams," they ARE orange-fleshed sweet potatoes, it's just another way to label them.

          1. re: Nicole
            Wolfgang RE: Nicole May 28, 2009 04:18 PM

            Thanks for the explanation.

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