These tubers can only be grown well in hot, humid climates.
Yams are a complex carbohydrate increasing blood sugar levels at a slow and steady pace just like other low glycemic index foods. Yams are a great source of energy, high in dietary fibre good for minimising constipation and controlling cholesterol levels.
Yams are a source of B6 and B1 both are known to regulate the metabolism and stop it becoming sluggish. This is one of the reasons yams are recommended for menopausal women. Vitamins A and betacarotene, powerful antioxidants known to combat free radicals can be found in yams. Minerals such as copper, potassium, iron, copper, manganese and phosphorus each play a part in keeping the body in optimum health.
Yams are available all-year-round but they are freshest when harvested in August. This harvest period marks the end of the rainy season in West Africa. In yam producing countries such Nigeria, which produces the most yam, but for domestic use not export; this important time of the year is marked with a "new yam festival". The festival acts as a symbol for abundance and the availability of fresh food in West African countries.
The yams imported into the UK tend to come from Ghana.
Once harvested fresh yams are dug up and left in the sunshine to dry out. This explains their appearance. They are then re-buried and stored in yam barns for several months. The yams we receive in the UK are re-harvested, packed into boxes and sent by boat to the UK. The further away from the month of August, the less fresh and wonderful the yams become. During the Spring and early Summer, good quality yam is hard to find.
Yams can be prepared and used in a number of ways. boiled, baked, fried or roasted. Pounded yam, fufu, is served in a cake like dough and enjoyed with sauces, stews or soups.
Warning: Do not attempt to eat yams raw. They contain natural toxins which disappear once cooked.
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Store in a dry, cool place and use within 3 days.
For best results and to prolong the life of this product, do the following
- Peel Yam
- wash in cold water.
- Cut into handy portion sizes
- freeze in a suitable bag.
This product is best cooked straight from frozen (Do not defrost prior to cooking).
Produce of Ghana
Net contents approx. 800g
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