Information about Yam
Ingredient - West Indies
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people call the smaller, usually red-skinned "sweet potatoes" Yams,
but don't confuse the two. True yams belong to an entirely different plant
family, the Dioscoreaceae (plant group Monocotyledon). They are
popular in South and Central America, the Caribbean and parts of Asia and Africa.
monsters of a vegetable are usually harvested at about 2-6 pounds although they
can grow much larger. The
plants are climbing
perennial vines with shiny, heart-shaped leaves, arising from the large
underground tubers. Unlike sweet potatoes, the skin is rough and scaly and
the flesh firm and pale.
buying yams, select unblemished tubers with tight, unwrinkled skins. Store in a
cool, dark place for up to 2 weeks. Yam
can be used in place of ordinary (Irish) potatoes or sweet potatoes in many
You will find
recipes using this versatile vegetable on the West Indies Cooking by Country main
page, but do experiment.
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