Sweet potatoes (or camote in Spanish) are sweet-tasting tubers which originated in Central America. Most of the tubers referred to as yams in the U.S. are actually sweet potatoes. Looking at the image at the top of this page, from left to right, is the red sweet potato, the jewel sweet potato, and white sweet potato. Both the red and the jewel are typically labeled "yams" in U.S. grocery stores. Both the red (Garnet) and lighter-colored Jewel sweet potatoes have orange flesh and a more moist when cooked than the light beige/yellow color sweet potatoes. Canned sweet potatoes are typically the red variety.
The sweet potato can be baked, boiled, mashed, or pureed. It is also used for making Sweet Potato pie. Canned sweet potatoes are cooked then canned.
If you don't have sweet potatoes then select from one of these options:
Vary The Flavor
metric conversions →