Re: [gardeners] Getting ready already

George Shirley (
Fri, 22 Nov 2002 16:08:31 -0600

Okay folks, go to this URL to see the difference between yams and sweet
potatoes. I think you will be surprised.


olin wrote:
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> Subject: Re: [gardeners] Getting ready already
> > Olin, yes we've always used supermarket produce without any
> > repercussions. But a sweet potato 17 inches long...? What we can find
> > are quite uniformly shaped, and measure no longer than 6 inches,
> > whether sweets or yams. Wonder why...?
> Probably small due to harvesting earlier before getting a chance to grow
> more or become dry and fibery.  And I think they will cull out and can any
> that are not uniformly shaped and look like sweet potatoes.  As to yams vs
> sweet potatoes, there are often newspaper and magazine aricles this time of
> year that tell us what we call yams are really sweet potatoes - or is it
> vice versa?
> > When you say 'weighing 1 1/2 lb after curing for 2 weeks' -- does
> > this mean that some of the moisture evaporates after harvesting?
> The skin is now very dry.  Our relative humidity has been less than 10 % and
> is often reported as "trace" which is <1%.   Evaporation is only skin deep
> but noticeable on my scales which measures in tenths of ounces.