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Difference Between White and Orange Sweet Potato

White vs Orange Sweet Potato

A dicotyledonous plant, sweet potato belongs to Convolvulaceae family. Sweet potatoes manly come in two varieties ‘“ white sweet potato and orange sweet potato. These two are differentiated because of the white and the orange colours of the skin.

Apart from the difference in the colour of the skin, they also have many specific differences. But most of the people are unaware of the difference between White and orange sweet potato.

One of the main differences that can be seen is in the sweetness. The white potato is considered to be sweeter than the orange sweet potato. Another difference can be seen in presence of beta-carotene, which helps in producing Vitamin A in the body. Sweet potato is known to contain more beta-carotene than the fleshy vegetables. When comparing the two sweet potatoes, the orange sweet potato is known to contain more beta-carotene than the white sweet potato.

When talking of the orange sweet potatoes, some people refer this sweet potato to Yam. People in the US generally prefer the name Yam to orange sweet potato. The name Yam was given to differentiate it from the white sweet potato.

One can also see that there is slight difference in the flavour between the white and orange sweet potatoes. The white potatoes are milder in flavour when compared to the orange sweet potatoes.

The white sweet potato has a softer skin in comparison to orange sweet potato. Unlike the white sweet potato, the orange sweet potato has a harder and solid texture. The Orange sweet potato is dark skinned than the white sweet potato.

Summary

1. The white sweet potato and the orange sweet potato is differentiated because of the white and the orange colours of the skin.

2. The white potato is considered to be sweeter than the orange sweet potato.

3. When comparing the two sweet potatoes, the orange sweet potato is known to contain more beta-carotene than the white sweet potato.

4. People in the US generally prefer the name Yam to orange sweet potato.

5. The white potatoes are milder n flavour when compared to the orange sweet potatoes.

6. The white sweet potato has a softer skin in comparison to orange sweet potato. Unlike the white sweet potato, the orange sweet potato has a harder and solid texture.

7. The Orange sweet potato is dark skinned than the white sweet potato.


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7 Comments

  1. Orange sweet potatoes got nothing on the white ones.

    • Sorry, but this article is flawed. Yams are a completely different species. Yams are not sweet potatoes. Many folks in the US cannot grow Yams.

      • Sorry, but this article is flawed. Yams are a completely different species. Yams are not sweet potatoes. Many folks in the US cannot grow Yams.

        The US labels sweet potatos as Yams and yams as sweet potatos. There is a white sweet potato that is called the cuban boniato. It has a Brown covering, doesnt have the mushiness accompanied with orange sweet potato and is a firmer vegetable.
        These are traditioanlly fried and served with a sprinkle of salt, since the white sweet potato is dry while being slightly sweet. The salt allows for the product to be swallowed easier.
        They are also mashed and seerved, but they are not orange sweet potatoes, they are white on the inside and a dark color on the outside. Much larger and pointy at both end with a fat body. Unlike the orange sweet potato that tends to look like a potato.

  2. The way we always understood it was that you bake a sweet potato and you candy a yam well IM 51 years old and today.I had my first white sweet potato and was very disappointed .The flavor was very mild with a hint of wild honey and boy was it dry it sucked up 2 pads of butter and never looked back no wonder grandma never served them

  3. I never heard of, a white sweet potato until today, and have never seen one. I only knew the difference between yams and sweet potatoes was that one of them has a sort of stringy flesh when cooked, the other does not; one of them has a more orange flesh than the other (paler), and one is sort of pointy at the ends, the other is rounder…not sure which is which, just these noted differences.

  4. I’m really fat, and it’s all because of yams, or is it sweet potatos, eh, who cares, same thing right? Actually they have really great nutritional value, and I’m not fat at all.

  5. The supermarket around where I live in Colorado all mislabel orange sweet potato as “yam” …. My mom only made the orange sweet potato growing up, it’s the only one I know about. Everytime I went looking for orange sweet potato I would leave the store disappointed and buy the white ones because they are labelled “sweet potato”.. I always passed over the the ones I actually wanted because they are labelled “yam” and I did not want yams… It’s not until recently, I realize what they are labelling as “yam” is ACTUALLY an orange sweet potato… The article is very informative. Also the fact the orange sweet potato is higher in beta carotene is a good reason to select the orange ones over the white ones..

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