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May 28, 2009 10:19 AM

Orange Fleshed Sweet Potatoes: Where to buy?

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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  1. 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: Wolfgang

        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.

    1. 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

        Who is we? Are the grocery stores mislabeling them?

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

        1. re: Wolfgang

          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.