Sweet Potatoes and Yams

photograph of a sweet potato

Though the terms are sometimes used to mean the same vegetable, sweet potatoes and yams are actually two completely different species. When fresh sweet potatoes are not available or convenient, canned sweet potatoes are a readily available and delicious alternative!

Cooking with Fresh Vegetables: Focus on Sweet Potatoes (PDF | 2 MB)

Institute of Child Nutrition.

Provides preparation tips, activities to conduct with young children, and teaching points about sweet potatoes. From the Mealtime Memo for Child Care series.

Healthy Spencer Sweet Potato Healthy Spencer Sweet Potato Posters (PDF | 1.62 MB)

North Carolina Sweet Potato Commission.

Spencer Sweet Potato shows kids how to stay healthy through physical activity and eating healthy foods, like sweet potatoes.

Sweet Potato Fact Sheet (PDF | 129 KB)

Mississippi State University Extension Service.

This fact sheet provides growing information, food safety tips, nutrient information, mealtime ideas, fun facts, and ways to involve children in preparation. From One to Grow On: A Garden-Based Learning Program for Preschoolers.

Sweet Potato Recipes

USDA. Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services.

From the What's Cooking? USDA Mixing Bowl.

Sweet Potato Clipart Food Clipart


Provides a variety of fruit and vegetable clipart images, for free use. Search for a fruit or vegetable to see all associated images.

Sweet Potato or Yam? (2004) (PDF | 38KB)

University of California Cooperative Extension.

This one page article provides an overview which can help clear confusion about the differences between sweet potatoes and yams.