Yam
(Dioscorea alata)

Yam

Selection

Pick when the leaves are dry. Be careful when picking in the bush as some varieties are poisonous.

Storage

Keep in a dry, dark, and well-ventilated place. Can be stored in huts or dried.

Preparation

  • Wash plants well before use.
  • The immature pods can be eaten steamed or cookedwith other foods.
  • The young leaves, shoots, and flowers can also beeaten as a vegetable.
  • Roots can be eaten raw or cooked.
  • (Bailey, 1992; Produce for Better Health Foundation, 2013)

Photo Source

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Yam

The yam is a climbing vine with large underground roots. The edible root is white, off-white, orange, or purple in color (Secretariat of the Pacific Community, 1995).

Traditional Names
  • Chamorro – dågu
  • Hawaiian – uhi
  • Kosraen – muhtah
  • Marshallese – yam
  • Palauan – telngot
  • Pohnpeian – kehp
  • Samoan – ufi
  • Yapese – du’og