The yam is an Old World vegetable and is completely unrelated to sweet potatoes

This yam has a coarse, bark-like skin and a more tubular shape than a sweet potato
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Yams are Old World potatoes that were a staple in the West African diet. When African slaves in America encountered New World sweet potatoes, they called them yams and used them as a yam substitute. | Kyla Matton Osborne (@Ruby3881) | 24 Carrot Diet

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