Y is for yam. Yams are a nutritious and incredibly versatile vegetable and come in a range of sizes and colours. They are edible tubers that are often confused and mistaken for sweet potatoes. They grow on tropical vines and a single tuber can grow over 7ft in length… wow!
Delicious boiled, roasted, fried, grilled or baked, yams are not to be eaten raw and should always be cooked. They are starchier than sweet potatoes and somewhat drier. An excellent alternate accompaniment to meals that usually go well with potato or sweet potato.
DID YOU KNOW?
There are over 600 species of yam found worldwide – 150 of which are grown for food.
Their natural sugar content makes them a popular choice for desserts.
- Yam cultivation dates back as far as 8000BC in Asia – making yams an incredibly ancient vegetable.
Yams should be stored in a cool dark place (not in the fridge) and should be thoroughly cooked before eating.
WHY ARE YAMS SO GOOD FOR YOU?
1- Yams are a good source of fibre, vitamin C and beta-carotene – which is converted to vitamin A in the body and is a powerful antioxidant for overall good health.
2- They also contain potassium meaning that they’re very good for energy, learning and concentration.
3- High levels of vitamin C mean that they’re powerful support for immunity and cell repair.
4- Yams are a high fibre food that offers significant protection against cardiovascular disease and cancer, as well as helping maintain bowel and colon health (provided they aren’t loaded with fat and cholesterol when cooking!)
Y is for yam. Below we have a fun craft idea on how to make “Yam Monsters” as well as a delicious, simple and allergy friendly recipe (coming soon…) These are fun ways to celebrate yams, to talk about their texture, their taste and why they’re so good for us and important in our diets!