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This name of this super-healthy side is misleading, as sweet potatoes aren't technically potatoes, but rather engorged storage roots. "Yam" is another misnomer—that name came about when African slaves in the antebellum South called sweet potatoes "nYami" because they reminded them of the tubers from their homeland, but those huge starchy roots grown in Africa and Asia and are rarely found in American supermarkets.
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