A Hoosier Yam by Any Other Name is a Sweet Potato
Unless you are shopping in a market outside the United States, your candied yams are really just candied sweet potatoes. Both yams and sweet potatoes come from flowering plants known as angiosperms. The two are not botanically related. Yams are a monocot; a plant having one seed leaf. Sweet potatoes are called divot; a plant having two seed leaves. Sweet potatoes are from the morning glory family; known as the convolvuacea family of flowering plants.
The first commercially grown sweet potatoes were of a firm variety. Softer varieties of sweet potatoes were introduced into market farmers wanted them to be distinguished from their firmer brethren. Softer verities of sweet potatoes had been grown in plantation gardens in the South. African slaves referred to them as, ‘yams’. The name ‘yam’ was applied to the new softer variety of commercial sweet potato. Today we use the name yam interchangeably with sweet potato.
|The softer, orange-fleshed variety of sweet potato, commonly referred to as a yam in the United States (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
Cook Time Classic Hoosier Candied Yams
Yields: Serves four to six people
Ingredients Classic Candied Hoosier Yams
- 3 to 4 yams or sweet potato, boil
- 1/3 cup Brown Sugar
- 1/2 cup Orange Juice
- 10 to 12 Marshmallows, large, sliced or miniture (optional)
- 4 tbsp butter
Instructions for Classic Candied Yams
- Boil three large or four medium yams. Leave the skin on.This helps the yam to not get too mushy.
- When yams are tender drain and set aside to cool. The cooled yam should be easy to peel with your finger.
- Grease a 11/2 quart casserole. Slice large marshmallows or use miniture marshmallows. ( Marshmallows are optional)
- Alternate layers of yam slices,butter,sugar, and marshmallow slices.
- When finsihed layering pour orange juice over the whole casserole
- Bake in a pre heated 375 degree oven for 30 minutes.
Classic Candied Hoosier Yams
|Serving size: 1|
|Calories from Fat||63|
|% Daily Value *|
|Fat 7 g||11%|
|Saturated fat 3 g||15%|
|Carbohydrates 43 g||14%|
|Sugar 24 g|
|Fiber 4 g||16%|
|Protein 2 g||4%|
|Cholesterol 10 mg||3%|
|Sodium 310 mg||13%|
|* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.|