Difference Between Yams and Sweet Potatoes

Distinguish, differentiate, compare and explain what is the Difference between Yams and Sweet Potatoes. Comparison and Differences.

Difference Between Yams and Sweet Potatoes

1. Yams are classified under different genera of Dioscorea/ Dioscoreaceae family. It consists of more than 600 varieties, and major cultivated species include; Dioscorea, rotundata and D. cayenensis, alata, opposite, bulbifera, esculenta, dumetorum, trifida. Sweet potatoes belong to the family Convolvulaceae and its botanical name is Ipomoea batatas. It consists of 50 genera and more than 1,000 species.

2. Yams are monocotyledonous plants. Sweet potatoes are dicotyledonous plants.

3. Yams are inborn to Africa and Asia. Sweet potatoes are inborn to tropical regions in the Americas.

4. In Yams, Tuber, and immature leaves and shoots of some varieties are edible. In Sweet potatoes, Roots and immature leaves and shoots are edible.

5. Yams have a rough and scaly appearance. Sweet potatoes have a smooth appearance with a thin skin.

6. Yams often have a dark brown to light pink color. Sweet potatoes has peel in yellow, orange, red, brown, purple or beige color.

7. The shape of Yams is long, cylindrical, some have “toes”. The shape sweet potato is short, blocky, with tapered ends.

Search More Topics on the Web


Difference between Sweet Potatoes vs Difference Between Yams

Difference Between Yams vs Sweet Potatoes

Differences between Sweet Potatoes vs Difference Between Yams

Spreading Knowledge Across the World

USA - United States of America  Canada  United Kingdom  Australia  New Zealand  South America  Brazil  Portugal  Netherland  South Africa  Ethiopia  Zambia  Singapore  Malaysia  India  China  UAE - Saudi Arabia  Qatar  Oman  Kuwait  Bahrain  Dubai  Israil  England  Scotland  Norway  Ireland  Denmark  France  Spain  Poland  and  many more....