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Sweet Potato Selection and Storage

True yams are toxic if eaten raw

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Sweet Potatoes and Yams

© 2006 Peggy Trowbridge

Yam Selection and Storage

If you find them, true yams will most likely be sold in chunks sealed in plastic wrap, since they grow up to 7 feet in length and weigh up to 150 pounds.

As with sweet potatoes, choose yams with unblemished, tight, unwrinkled skins and firm flesh. Store in a cool, dark, dry area for up to two weeks, and do not refrigerate.

Although you may find canned vegetables labeled as yams, they are most likely not true yams. However, true yams can generally be used in any sweet potato recipe. Yams, unlike sweet potatoes, are toxic if eaten raw, yet perfectly safe when cooked.

Cooked yams may be kept refrigerated for 2 to 3 days. Cooked yams may be frozen using the same method as sweet potatoes.

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