Yams are members of the Dioscoreae family. Depending upon the yam variety, of which there are about 200, its flesh may be of varying colors including white, ivory, yellow or purple while its thick skin may either be white, pink or brownish-black. Their shape is long and cylindrical (oftentimes having offshoots referred to as "toes") while their exterior texture is rough and scaly. Yams have a very starchy and slippery texture and when cooked, will either be creamy or firm, depending upon the variety. Their taste is earthy and hardy, with most varieties having minimal, if any, sweetness
Yams are an excellent source of vitamins C and B6, with 1 cup providing approximately 20 percent of your daily requirement of each of these nutrients.
Until today, I never knew there were so many varieties.ReplyDelete
Or that they had toes.
Not a fan of the yam....I accidentally bought them instead of sweet potatoes once and wondered what was wrong with them due to the colour and lack of sweetness!ReplyDelete
I'm sorry....yams have TOES???? Just one more icky thing about them.ReplyDelete
The almight Yam...I am not a fan:) Tried many a time but not a fan of the yamReplyDelete
Funny how they get confused often with sweet potatoesReplyDelete
I had no idea there were so many types.ReplyDelete