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Everyone gives me "sweet potato" hope! Thank-you everyone. Now I am excited to hunt them down. When I find the right ones I am going to try planting some.

When you find them you can start by making slips (little plants) In US planting zone7  you need to start in March.  

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Thanks for all the replies.

I am certain that they were sweet potatoes.

In BC, Canada, sweet potatoes are sold this way:
orange fleshed ones are called yams (have a redder skin, as well).
pale fleshed ones are called sweet potatoes(usually a beigy-grey coloured skin).
In reality they are both from the sweet potato family.
I have never seen a true yam here.

I believe that in other parts of Canada the lighter ones are called yams and the orange ones are called sweet potatoes.

The pale fleshed ones we get now look the same as the ones we used to get and are marked the same but they taste differently.

My Mom (she has an excellent memory) says the same thing.

I will look for the Japanese sweet potatoes to try.

Has anyone had the drier, chestnut-tasting, not-so-sweet potato? If they still exist maybe I can grow some.

When I was in New Zealand in the 70's I really enjoyed the kumara they had there. I have never seen them here, though.

Look on  for a variety called Murasaki. Though they are called Japanese sweet potatoes they were actually developed at Louisiana State University. Red peel with a yellow tinged white interior and a nutty flavor according to the description. Sorry about not posting an actual link, I haven't got the hang of doing that with a Mac and a "smart" mouse yet.
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Many years ago, my Mom would bake sweet potatoes. They were a pale yellow and they tasted dry and nutty...a little like chestnuts. They baked beautifully.

I can still get pale yellow sweet potatoes but they are moist and taste like the orange fleshed ones.

If I could find those chestnutty ones I would snorf down a couple right now.

Anybody get this type of sweet potato where they are?

I always do. They are the one with white flesh when uncooked. How do you cook them? Most of the time I steam mine

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Does anyone know where to find true "yams" in the U.S.?.

You can usually find true yams in an Asian or Indian supermarket in the U.S.  
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