We recently noticed some tweets that included both #sweetpotatoes and #yams as if they were the same thing, and it made us gasp! As true North Carolina Sweet Potato people, we took that as a sign that the air needed to cleared… Nothing against the Yam – it is what it is. But it isn’t a sweet potato – not even on the same branch of the family tree!

So, we were in the midst of creating our own colorful, clever, infographic on the matter when we can across this guy and his blog, which included more than one (very accurate) rant on the difference between sweet potatoes and yams. We thought, why re-invent the wheel (or the sweet potato vs. yam infographic), and opted to share his with you here:

Handy Sweet Potato v. Yam info from Colin Purrington.

Handy Sweet Potato v. Yam info from Colin Purrington.

See how far apart sweet potatoes and yams are on this plant family tree?

See how far apart sweet potatoes and yams are on this plant family tree?

So there you have it. Next time you see your sweet potatoes mis-labeled as yams at the grocery store, you can take a minute to educate the produce manager. Or you can just take pride, quietly, in knowing that you’re a little wiser and your Sweet Potato Love goes a little deeper than most.

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