Many categorize sweet potatoes and yams as the same vegetable, but they are actually different plants that are from opposite sides of the world and should not be mistaken for one another. Yams hail from Africa and are cylindrical with rough, dark, purply skin and taste starchy with a dry texture. A sweet potato is light beige to burnt orange with tapered ends and tastes sweet and moist.
Starchy and sweet, these vegetables can be baked, mashed, or roasted. In recent years, the popularity of sweet potato fries has taken off, but sweet potatoes offer the opportunity to get creative. Try incorporating on-trend flavors such as Indian, which is starting to work its way onto more menus. Sweet potatoes would take well to a flavor-packed seasoning blend of curry and other spices. This vegetable can also be highlighted in desserts, such as a sour cream sweet potato pie, a seasonal treat that will satisfy comfort food cravings. Sweet potatoes also work as a natural thickening agent for sauces.
Try this recipe: Brussels Sprouts and Sweet Potato Soup