What is Yam?
The yam is often confused with a sweet potato and vice versa. The yam is a tuberous root that is related to the lily. The average size is roughly half a foot, but can be much smaller or larger. They have a rough orange skin and orange flesh. The shape is long and round with tapered ends. The flavor is sweet. They are drier than a sweet potato and have a smooth texture once cooked. When baked whole the center is creamy and when fried it will be soft with a crispy exterior. One common characteristic of the yam is that it has a leaner body than a sweet potato.