Whether they're the pale gold varieties or the dark orange ones that are mistakenly called yams, sweet potatoes are one of the most traditional highlights of the table at this time of year. And, despite the marked differences between the two types, they can be used almost interchangeably.
The orange ones are sweeter and moister than the golden ones, which are drier, starchier and nuttier in flavor. If you're making a puree, for example, think about whether you want the finished texture to be dense and buttery (in which case, choose the orange sweet potatoes) or light and creamy (the golden ones).
How to choose:
Fatter sweet potatoes have more meat once they've been peeled.
How to store:
Sweet potatoes can be stored at cool room temperature.
How to prepare: