Are yams and sweet potatoes the same?
fruit of Mammea americana, a large, primarily West Indian tree of the garcinia family (Clusiaceae), with opposite, leathery, gland-dotted leaves; white, sweet-scented, short-stalked, solitary or clustered axillary flowers; and yellow or russet fruit, 7-15 cm (3-6 inches) in diameter. The bitter rind encloses a sweet, aromatic flesh, which is eaten raw and also used for preserves. Its one to four large, rough seeds are bitter and resinous and are used as an antiworming agent. An aromatic liqueur distilled from the flowers is called eau de Creole. The acrid, resinous gum has been used locally for destroying skin-infesting chigoe fleas.