Grandma ate a few things on a regular basis. Sweet Potatoes/Yams are a must. She ate them 3x’s daily. Although yams and sweet potatoes are both angiosperms (flowering plants), they are not related botanically. Yams are a monocot (a plant having one embryonic seed leaf) and from the Dioscoreaceae or Yam family. Sweet Potatoes, often called ‘yams’, are a dicot (a plant having two embryonic seed leaves) and are from the Convolvulaceae or morning-glory family.
Yams are closely related to lilies and grasses. Native to Africa and Asia, yams vary in size from that of a small potato to a record 130 pounds (as of 1999). There are over 600 varieties of yams and 95% of these crops are grown in Africa. Compared to sweet potatoes, yams are starchier and drier.
The many varieties of sweet potatoes (Ipomoea batatas) are members of the morning-glory family, Convolvulaceae. The skin color can range from white to yellow, red, purple or brown. The flesh also ranges in color from white to yellow, orange, or orange-red. Sweet potato varieties are classified as either ‘firm’ or ‘soft’. When cooked, those in the ‘firm’ category remain firm, while ‘soft’ varieties become soft and moist. It is the ‘soft’ varieties that are often labeled as yams in the United States.
Today the U.S. Department of Agriculture requires labels with the term ‘yam’ to be accompanied by the term ‘sweet potato.’ Unless you specifically search for yams, which are usually found in an international market, you are probably eating sweet potatoes!
We ate the orange yams, sweet potatoes. Grandma didn’t know the difference nor did we. All I know, she washed the dirt off. Dried the sweet potato and then would put butter our grease on the outside of the potatoes, put it in the oven on 375, bake it until in shrunk. When it was done, the outside looked brown. She would put it on a plate, cut the center open, add butter and sprinkle sugar. Oh my Greatness,they were awesome.
Yams and oatmeal another great source of good eating.
1/2 cup of milk
2 tablespoons of butter
add oatmeal when liquids start to boil
1 can of yams
when oatmeal begins to thicken, add yams and a little of the juice from the can let yams warm in oatmeal then serve.
One of the healthiest breakfast I eat, and it gives me my daily source of yams/sweet potatoes.
Grandma ate sweet potatoes until her death in 2010. She was 122 years old. Her saying, “Be good to your body, and it will be good to you”.
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