True Yams are native to Africa and Asia. Compared to sweet potatoes, yams are starchier and drier. Recognizable by the blackish or brown, bark-like skin and white, purple, or reddish flesh.
Among the numerous varieties of sweet potatoes grown in North America, there are two major types:Firm sweet potatoes, which have golden skin and paler flesh. Soft sweet potatoes, which have copper skin and orange flesh.
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