Sweet potatoes vs. yams

Sweet potatoes and yams are often marketed interchangeably, probably because they have a similar appearance.  However, yams and sweet potatoes are very different root vegetables. They belong to different plant families and are only distantly related. Yams have dark and sometimes rough skin. The flesh is whiter in shade and drier than sweet potatoes.  Most … Continue reading Sweet potatoes vs. yams

How hot are your hot peppers?

The Scoville Scale of Heat provides information on whether you can tolerate the pepper or not. Hot sauce is prepared from cayenne, jalapeño, and habanero peppers. These peppers all contain capsaicinoids, which act on the same nerve fibers that sense actual heat. Capsaicin is used to flavor foods, in pepper spray, and muscle rubs to … Continue reading How hot are your hot peppers?