6 THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT SWEET POTATOES
They're not yams. Yams are starchy tubers typically grown in Asia and Africa, while sweet potatoes are an entirely different species of root vegetable, typically grown in the Americas.
It's not your fault if you're confused. If you're in a grocery store and you see a yam, there's a good chance it's a sweet potato. Grocery stores mislabel them all the time, but know that sweet potatoes have a much higher nutrient concentration.
They're really good for you. They're low in fat, high in fiber, calcium, folate, potassium, beta-carotene, Vitamin C, and the list goes on. Their glycemic index (this number indicates a food's effect on your blood sugar!) is only 17 compared to a white potato at 29.
They don't belong in the refrigerator. It changes their taste and texture, causing them to get bitter. Keep them in a cool, dark place until you're ready to use them.
North Carolina has dibs. Not only are sweet potatoes the official state vegetable, but NC is also responsible for more than 40% of the country's total supply. GO HEELS.
Grow your own. Sweet potatoes only take 100 days to grow, and they're pretty undemanding in terms of water + fertilizer needs. So if you have the space and want to give gardening a try, these would be a good choice.