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Yams are often referred as sweet potatoes, although they are really two different vegetables. The difference between the two is yams have pale flesh, sweet in taste, and can grow over seven feet long while sweet potatoes are bright orange or yellow flesh, very tender, and are typically less than 12 inches long.
Yams are grown in arid and temperate regions in Australia. They need a long time anything up to 12 months to finally produce the tubers.
When looking for yams, go for firm ones with a bright colour and they should have no blemishes. They should also be refrigerated in plastic bags to retain the moisture. Yams can be sliced in stir fries, or can be steamed, roasted, mashed or boiled.
Yams sources of nutrients are:
- Pro-Vitamin A
- Vitamin B6
- Beta Carotene