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!

Discover MyPlate: Vegetables

Discover MyPlate includes six Emergent Readers featuring kindergarten-level sight words that help children build literacy skills while learning about the five food groups and MyPlate.

Vegetables includes the sight words: I, have (used in Lessons 1 and 3)
A MyPlate Meal includes the sight words: I, she, he, we, has, have

Missouri’s Fruits and Vegetables Harvest Calendar


Missouri’s Fruits and Vegetables Harvest Calendar (24” w x 36” h poster) is a colorful calendar for schools participating in the National School Lunch or Breakfast Program that promotes Missouri’s bountiful and seasonal harvest.

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.

Nutrition Education

Team Nutrition MyPlate eBooks  USDA. FNS. Team Nutrition
Team Nutrition Popular Events Idea Booklet  USDA. FNS. Team Nutrition



raw sweet potatoes Sweet Potato or Yam? (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.