Yams Facts, Interesting and Delicious Information About Food:

Yam is the common name for some plant species in the genus Dioscorea that form edible tubers. These are perennial herbaceous vines cultivated for the consumption of their starchy tubers in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean and Oceania.

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Most of us think of Sweet Potatoes and Yams with marshmallows on top at the Thanksgiving dinner table but there are several ways to use this wonderful root.

Did you know the following facts about them?

While in the market all year-round, their peak season is from March to June.

Sweet Potatoes and yams are full of vitamins A and C, and their natural sugar makes them a good candidate for the healthful dessert department.

The bright orange ones are the yams, and the lighter-colored tubers are the sweet potatoes.

You may boil them but they taste better baked in a 350-degree (F) oven till tender (about and hour).

Don't forget to eat the skins because they contain many of the nutrients.

Store the tubers in a cool, dry dark and well ventilated place and never allow them to become chilled.

Properly stored, they will keep for a month or so.