Potato Fact #26

The red-skinned, orange-fleshed sweet potato (Ipomoea batata) is distinct from the brown-skinned, white-fleshed yam (Dioscorea spp). Sweet potatoes were originally marketed as “yams” to avoid confusion with the established white potato (Solanum tubersom). Per the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act of 1930 (PACA), mislabeling a sweet potato as a yam is illegal and should be reported to the PACA’s Misbranding Officer at (202) 720-5073.