Though the terms are sometimes used to mean the same vegetable, sweet potatoes and yams are actually two completely different species. When fresh sweet potatoes are not available or convenient, canned sweet potatoes are a readily available and delicious alternative!
Sweet Potatoes and YamsSweet Potato Recipes
USDA. NAL. SNAP-Ed Connection.
Recipes containing sweet potatoes from the SNAP-Ed Connection Recipe Finder database.
Sweet Potato or Yam? (PDF | 38KB)
University of California Cooperative Extension.
This one page article provides an overview which can help clear confusion about the differences between sweet potatoes and yams.
Sweet Potato: Nutrition. Selection. Storage
Produce for Better Health Foundation.
This page contains nutrition information for sweet potatoes and tips on how to select, store and prepare them. Also included are links to other relevant information including Top 10 Ways to Enjoy Sweet Potatoes, that gives new and different ways to add this vegetable to your diet.
Pennsylvania Nutrition Education Network.
Visitors to this web site can download and distribute newsletters, recipes, bookmarks, and other materials related to sweet potatoes.
What is the Difference Between a Sweet Potato and a Yam?
Texas Cooperative Extension. Aggie Horticulture Network.
This Web article provides an in depth comparison of sweet potatoes and yams, as well as tips on selecting and cooking with sweet potatoes.
Sweet Potatoes: Food $ense Guide to Eating Fresh Fruits and Vegetables (PDF | 260 KB)
Utah State University Cooperative Extension.
This broad overview of sweet potatoes includes information on availability, selection, storage, and preparation. Nutrition highlights and recipes that include sweet potatoes are also included.
Versatile Sweet Potatoes Boost Nutrition In Fall Meals
Penn State Cooperative Extension, Adams County.
Article about sweet potatoes highlights nutritional benefits and choosing and handling them. Also describes various methods of cooking sweet potatoes.