Log in. Soft Sweet Potatoes: Reddish/copper colored skin and orange/golden flesh. The difference between sweet potatoes and yams? She grabbed some of the firm variety. The nutrients that sweet potato have can prevent various diseases of the heart, cancer, and other degenerative diseases. The colors are gorgeous. Notice: JavaScript is required for this content. Note that these aren’t as hardy as white potatoes, so avoid choosing any with cuts and bruises, as these will deteriorate more quickly. Who knew ? Answer: A lot. The firm variety established itself in the U.S. first, dubbing the name “sweet potato”. I love knowing the history behind food. Store ‘em in a cool dry place, like the pantry (no the refrigerator), for about 2 weeks. And since I love food history I just went on a hunt to answer your question. I think it’s the sweetest kind of sweet potato. (Can you sense the food history coming?!) Whisk together juice, sugar, syrup, margarine and salt; pour mixture over sweet potatoes. Sweet Potato Smashers with Roasted Grapes, Baked Sweet Potato Fries with Avocado Dipping Sauce, http://www.kumara.co.nz/types-of-kumara.html, Sweet Potato Fettuccine in Gorgonzola Sauce. Variety includes: Hannah, Japanese (though the skin is purple with this one), Purple (the whole thing is, well, purple), O’Henry. These are great for baking and mashing! I love them both though. I asked my mom to pick me up some sweet potatoes. Great post, Sarah. Try it! Have a question? Addiction to potatoes………..geeze ! I’ve been wondering this – Are the purple potatoes you find in fingerling potatoes technically sweet potatoes? There are two general categories in which a majority of the hundreds of varieties of sweet potatoes fall under: soft and firm. The sweet potato is distantly related to the white potato. It also is rich in vitamins C, D and B6. What do you like to make with Japanese sweet potato? It also is rich in vitamins C, D and B6. Sort of sweet like a sweet potato but not near creamy enough. Thanks for answering the sweet potato vs yam question. Let cool about 5 – 10 minutes so the eggs don’t cook and in the mixture. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! It is excellent not only because it satisfies the needs of the body for sugar. I feel so educated about sweet potatoes now. So while it looks like they’re defiantly related (because all potatoes go back to Peru), I don’t think they’re in the same family…unless we’re talking red-headed step child twice removed kind of family. Stir once again before serving. Join our Eatmail newsletter to get a free copy of our “Dinner Is Served” Cookbook, new recipes, exclusive meal plans, and more! I usually just eat them roasted. Place in a greased 9×13 inch or other 3 quart baking dish. Bake for 30 minutes, then stir to coat potatoes with liquid and bake for 15 minutes more, until sauce is thick and bubbly. Sweet potatoes, while having the same amount of carbohydrates as white potatoes, have more fiber, twice the vitamin C, and WAY more vitamin A. join the eatmail for exclusive recipes & meal ideas. Mash potatoes with a potato masher (or press through a potato ricer) until well mashed. Well there are two general varieties of sweet potatoes, firm (lighter color) and soft (deeper golden color). Yea I tried just roasting one of the light firm ones last night and wasn’t keen on the taste or texture. A flavor-loving nutritionist and sensory science specialist showing you how to make easy vegetarian recipes, one ingredient at a time. Preheat oven to 375°F (191°C). Come on back in about a week! It is such an amazing post, dear! It is excellent not only because it satisfies the needs of the body for sugar. ), their nutrient compositions are pretty different. Drain potatoes and arrange them in a single layer in bottom of a shallow baking dish. These hold their shape well, making them great for soups or fries. While both originate in Southern Peru (not Ireland! And are they as healthy as everyone says? Let’s just say I ate the whole recipe (2 big sweet potatoes worth), by myself, in one sitting. Your email address will not be published. Variety includes: Jewel, Garnet, Covington. I like the common orange sweet potatoes best, but it might just be that I’m used to them . They really are good the next day, if there are any leftovers! Slow roasting them brings out more of the natural sweetness.