Diana – the people’s sweet potato

Schletewitz Family Farms Wed/Sat markets has citrus but they also grow the Diana —

RED DIANA YAMS; The Diana has a rose colored exterior with the interior meat being bright orange with an oblong shape and a semi-smooth exterior with the meat tender and moist. This yam was developed from a cross between the Garnet and Beauregard.

Like the bison-buffalo confusion, the yam-sweet potato differences are somewhat symbolic at this point.

The sweet, orange-colored root vegetable that is often thought of as a yam in the United States is actually a sweet potato. Yams purchased in the United States are almost always sweet potatoes, no matter what color and shape they are.

So where did all of the confusion come from?

A true yam is a starchy edible tuber that is generally imported from the Caribbean. It differs greatly from the sweet potato in taste, texture, appearance and family.

Depending on the variety, sweet potato flesh can vary from white to orange and even purple. The orange-fleshed variety was introduced to the United States several decades ago. In order to distinguish it from the white variety everyone was accustomed to, producers and shippers chose the English form of the African word “nyami” and labeled them “yams.”

Even though the USDA requires that orange-colored sweet potatoes always be labeled “sweet potato,” most people still think of sweet potatoes as yams regardless of their true identity.

Schletewitz carries citrus at great prices ..especially good for those who like fresh squeezed orange juice.  Drop by for a taste!

Schletewitz Farms, started in 1932, is truly a family enterprise.

The family philosophy is to grow only what they themselves enjoy. Their goal is to provide safe wholesome food for others to enjoy. To achieve this they have planted about 150 acres with a variety of fruits which ripen in succession during all four seasons starting with apricots and ending with grapes. They are also diligently working toward organic certification.

The Schletewitz family is proud of their farm and happy to have you visit their orchards. 9394 East N Ave., Sanger California. Take Highway 99 North from Sanger and exit on East for 10-12 miles