YAMS OR SWEET POTATOES | What’s the difference?

Click here to LEARN MORE about the difference between yams and sweet potatoes:


🙏🏾 Thanks for tapping that like button and subscribing to my channel. New videos every week ✌🏿❤️ Follow me on Instagram @sweetpotatosoul for daily recipes, more videos, and more vegan tips!

🎥 My camera gear 🎥
Canon R6 Mirrorless
Canon RF 24-70mm f/2.8 lens
Canon 5D Mark II
Canon EF 50mm
Manfrotto tripod
Sennheiser Pro Audio Lav

Some of the links above are affiliate links. I will receive money if you use my link. It will not affect the price you pay, but it does support my channel. Thank you!!

For great free vegan recipes and inspiration visit:

Keep in touch!!

Music license 2IN0DFINPOHRTEOL


Join our update list today!

Posted in


  1. @weavingrainbow9063 on December 14, 2023 at 11:42 pm

    Right around the 6 minute mark, you talk about Japanese sweet potato.. is that the one that kind of tastes like chestnuts? Not water chestnuts, roasted, what you find on the streets of New York City.

    I was looking forward to this video, it’s great… and now want to find the different varieties, or maybe I’ll just try to grow them! 😁

    I hope your daughter changes her mind about yams! Kids are funny about food. 😆

    • @SweetPotatoSoul on December 15, 2023 at 2:23 am

      Yes, a delightful chestnut flavor. They sell them in the streets throughout Tokyo!
      Have fun finding these varieties of sweet potatoes and yams 🍠

  2. @deliahiggs1752 on December 14, 2023 at 11:49 pm

    In the islands we eat lots of yams. We have them soups and stews. We also cook it by itself and eat with any meat or fish that has lots gravy, it’s a filling meal

    • @SweetPotatoSoul on December 15, 2023 at 2:21 am

      Yum!! I bet it is nice and filling. I want to try some recipes

  3. @ReillyWilde on December 14, 2023 at 11:58 pm

    🧡=sweet potatoes! 🍠 I made 3 bean vegan chili & topped it on wonderful roasted sweet potatoes-so delicious! 🧡🍠

    • @SweetPotatoSoul on December 15, 2023 at 2:21 am

      Sounds so yummy!

  4. @MegaGoddessofLove on December 15, 2023 at 12:03 am

    Wow, thanks for clearing that up. That was so informative. I’ve been so confused about this for years.😅

    • @SweetPotatoSoul on December 15, 2023 at 2:21 am

      Happy to help! Thanks for watching!!

  5. @Amelia-qm6bk on December 15, 2023 at 12:26 am

    In the UK , we only mainly have the orange sweet potatoes. Some asian stores have the white ones. I have seen yams too actually, but did not know they are until now. I will e purchasing them to try. Thanks.

  6. @gretchennesmith9538 on December 15, 2023 at 1:18 am

    iI have been trying to tell people for years that sweet potatoes and yams aren’t the same. Thank you for educating the people.

    • @SweetPotatoSoul on December 15, 2023 at 2:19 am

      Haha, some people really don’t want to hear it. Share this video 😉

  7. @ChasMusic on December 15, 2023 at 2:20 am

    ¡Thank you for clearing this up! I think I’ve only had the garnet and Japanese ones. I need to seek out those other kinds of yams, er, I mean sweet potatoes. Really clear explanations. Oh, and props to you for keeping your daughter’s naysaying in the video.

    • @lyrablack8621 on December 15, 2023 at 8:27 am

      Love that she can be included while her privacy is still kept safe

    • @SweetPotatoSoul on December 20, 2023 at 11:57 pm

      Her voice deserves to be heard, too 🙂 Plus, she’s getting so big and has all her own opinions now!

  8. @jarpyskitchen5299 on December 15, 2023 at 4:18 am

    Sweet potato’s being all over African for centuries. In my country we eat the leaves too. They are very healthy. 🫶🏾🙏🏾

  9. @brwnsgr8034 on December 15, 2023 at 4:51 am

    Thanks for clearing that up. I’ve always called sweet potatoes yams.😊

  10. @dcmuler on December 15, 2023 at 5:07 am

    In Suriname yams are called napi. We have the white and the purple one. Great in soup and a good substitutie for rice

  11. @animalsarebeautifulpeople3094 on December 15, 2023 at 5:49 am

    I realize I’ve never had yams! Would love to try them ! I LOVE Korean sweet potatoes 💚💙💚💙💛🧡💯🥰😍

  12. @ObscenelyMarvelous on December 15, 2023 at 6:43 am

    I like this educational style of video that shows the different varieties in detail. If you have an interest in filming more like this, winter squash varieties could be a good topic. I haven’t had the opportunity to try yams, but I get 4 or 5 varieties of sweet potatoes from my favorite farmers market.

    • @SweetPotatoSoul on December 18, 2023 at 9:11 pm

      That’s a great idea! I love squash, summer or winter varieties.

  13. @wwnnn16 on December 15, 2023 at 6:27 pm

    I’m from SoCal, (I know you were here for a while) and sweet potatoes are called sweet potatoes. Certain stores will label them sweet potatoes/yams. But for the most part we call em sweet potatoes. And some folks call em candied yams after they’ve cooked the sweet potatoes😁 But thanks for this great informative video🤗

  14. @kupotenshi on December 15, 2023 at 10:20 pm

    I didn’t know there were so many varieties of sweet potato! I want to try the purple ones.

  15. @alexandralawton3533 on December 16, 2023 at 7:59 am

    In new Zealand we call the sweet potato kumara and our yams are very small and red

  16. @chichio9568 on December 16, 2023 at 9:57 am

    As a Nigerian,lemme say,in this part of the world,that mistake (potatoes misnamed as yams) doesn’t happen.I’m stoked that you’ve tried and like egusi(and pronounce the word properly too😊).Foofoo does not refer to pounded yam only,in fact,we generally refer to it as that:pounded yam.We call cooked pounded cassava foofoo,along with other cooked pounded starchy foods,(though these days,people have annoyingly and incorrectly started calling them “swallows”,a translation of the various local expressions for them)and eat them with what we call soups–egusi is one of them–which are NOTHING like what the western world calls soup of course.Plus,we don’t salt yam after it’s cooked and don’t eat it by itself,that’s kinda bland:there would be a (usually herby and spicy)sauce to go with it separately(sort of like a dip) or which it’d be cooked in(yam porridge).Your li’l girl was right to refuse it as is 😅.

    • @SweetPotatoSoul on December 18, 2023 at 9:08 pm

      Thank you so much for the additional info!! Haha yeah, I wouldn’t eat it plain either. Just for the experiment!

  17. @MzLisaD11 on December 16, 2023 at 3:41 pm

    WOW! That was very informative & I’m glad that you gave us this masterclass on sweet potatoes! I just didn’t know! My mom was from Mississippi, & “yams” were her thing! Can you list the website to order the Okinawa sweet potatoes? I love that purple color & can only imagine the nutrient content. I live in Ohio & we have limited supply of colored sweet potatoes. Thanks!

    • @SweetPotatoSoul on December 18, 2023 at 9:06 pm

      I buy all my sweet potatoes locally!

  18. @VanDeSese on December 17, 2023 at 6:36 pm

    Thanks a lot! I really need to check if we in Germany have yams. Never heard of it before. Thank you. Lovely greetings from Germany 🥰🥰🇩🇪

  19. @lindsaytoussaint on December 18, 2023 at 5:43 pm

    As a Haitian American who grew up with both (and they all have different creole names) growing up it was so confusing because most other Americans didn’t know what to call them and I didn’t know what to call real yams in English without having someone think I was talking about sweet potatoes 😂 On top of that we’d often shop in Spanish-speaking grocery stores which had other names which varied depending on which Caribbean country the shore was catering to 😂😂😂 what a nomenclative disaster! LOL

    Now we need a video on yucca and cassava!😂

    • @SweetPotatoSoul on December 18, 2023 at 8:57 pm

      Haha, so confusing!!

  20. @HyouVizer on January 2, 2024 at 7:52 am

    My parents when I was kid could call me “sweet potato” and at thanksgiving and christmas family gatherings my aunt would make her sweet potato pies and “yams” i loved so much. I have such an affinity for the food and gravitated to your channel name naturally haha. Thank you for educating us on the difference, i had no idea any of this. Very eye opening

Leave a Comment

Never miss another post...

Subscribe to

Weight Loss

Tips Now!

We always respect your privacy