There’s perennial confusion about sweet potatoes and yams; most sweet tubers for sale in the United States are sweet potatoes, not true yams. But Will Owen has found a kind of true yam—”the football-sized white-fleshed ones”—at Latino markets around Los Angeles, especially those markets catering to Cubans, he says. “You need a good, heavy-bladed knife to cut them into cooking-sized chunks, but they’re delicious and very sweet.”

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