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Now for yams [Was: Edibility of ornamental Ipomoea batatas?]

Phred ppnerkDELETETHIS at yahoo.com
Sat Dec 4 09:07:36 EST 2004

In article <10r1sufj3rlsa5 at corp.supernews.com>, "Chuck" <crobinson22 at grandecom.net> wrote:
>There is also a yam which grows in the southern Mexico wooded areas that is 
>edible but rather than Ipomea it is related to the Dioscorea group 
>(spelling?) and also has weak birth control properties.  (I think diosgenin 
>is extracted from it, A preproduct of birth control medications. )

My purple yam is shooting again -- in fact it had >50 new shoots 
spread over several metres at last count.  The root "tubers" are 
edible, but the purple colour is a bit of a worry and I would never 
had tried the things if I hadn't been told by reliable sources that I 
could eat it.  It also has aerial tubers (bulbils?) which will grow if 
planted, but I don't know if they are edible (some of these things 
aren't).  Frankly, I reckon yams are over-rated and I probably 
wouldn't eat them by choice beyond curiosity.

One of the local supermarkets has recently been flogging another type 
of yam and, judging by how clean the things are, I suspect they might 
actually be edible aerial tubers in this case.  Pale buff skin and 
pure white flesh with even a suggestion of translucence.  The texture 
is light and crisp -- rather "refreshing" eaten raw, but bugger all 
flavour.  (Rather like the tubers of _Pachyrhizus tuberosa_ in fact.)

Cheers, Phred.

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