Yam, a tropical root vegetable and the benefits

March 15, 2016

Yam, a tropical root vegetable and the benefits

Make Yam part of your weekly diet today. Just in case if you have been wondering about it and not sure of its health benefits, I have gathered a few important facts about this wonderful root vegetable.

Yam is a root vegetable that grows mostly in warm country/islands, native to Africa and Asia. It is similar to potato because of its starchy texture. It is also a little bit slimy when peeling. When peeling it is recommended to wear gloves or to protect your hands from the flesh as it may irritate your skin.

There are about 600 species of yams found around the world. The species depends on location and cultivation. Yams have many health benefits. Some of the benefits are:

 

White Yam - caribbeangreenliving.comWhite Yam 

The Yam Puree recipe is one of the many ways Yams can be eaten. Yam can be boiled, fried and baked depending on the recipes. Many people prefer to boil it because it is easier to cook and serve with meat, poultry or seafood side dish.

Reference:

http://www.nutrition-and-you.com/yams.html

http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Yam





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