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    I bought a real yam at the Asian market today. I've wanted to try one and see what they are like. They are brown on the outside and white on the inside. I think they're often used in African cuisine.

    When I cut it up, it got really sticky and gross. I simply boiled cubes in salted water because I wanted to see what the yam tasted like. They are very bland, which can actually be a good thing sometimes.

    I put the cooked, cubed yam in a thai green coconut curry. The blandness tasted just like rice. I think these would make a great rice substitute. I don't know how you make cauliflower rice, but you could certainly use these yams to make it. The consistency is not like sweet or regular potatoes, but they are very starchy.

    Have you made anything with real yams? What did you make?
    Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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    I just bake my yams/sweet potatoes. I will look into preparing something with them, however. I did buy a pair of purple yams ("Ube [oohbeh] in tagalog), at some obscure Asian shop around the corner of downtown Tigard, run by a Pilipina. I baked it; and wondered where these have been all my life. My parents would often buy Pan De Ube (Purple Yam bread), at the Pilipino bakeries. After having the real thing, I find Pan De Ube a grave injustice. I find it tastier than regular Yams, though I like the sweet potato with the orange insides best.
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    • #3
      So the things we buy here in America are all "Sweet Potatoes" both the orange ones and the white/yellow ones?
      There is quite a difference in the nutritional data for the two, I'm never sure which one to punch in.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Lily Marie View Post
        So the things we buy here in America are all "Sweet Potatoes" both the orange ones and the white/yellow ones?
        There is quite a difference in the nutritional data for the two, I'm never sure which one to punch in.
        Mark explains it in this link The Difference Between Yams and Sweet Potatoes | Mark's Daily Apple

        I hope this helps.
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        • #5
          Based on what I provided; and re-reading, it turns out I still haven't tasted a real yam. Although, I'm a fan of the purple sweet potato. :P.
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          • #6
            Dug up a bucket of the orange sweet potato from the garden tonight, diced it up and added it to some curried mince and coconut cream. went down a treat!

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            • #7
              I've only had the orange sweet potato, which Mark called "the yam" and white African "real yam".

              With the African yam, I pounded it with the end of a rolling pin for ages until it made a firm ball of stodge. Fufu, I think it is known as in Ghanaian cuisine, which I served in the middle of a spicy tilapia soup from a shito sauce base.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by pjgh View Post
                With the African yam, I pounded it with the end of a rolling pin for ages until it made a firm ball of stodge. Fufu, I think it is known as in Ghanaian cuisine, which I served in the middle of a spicy tilapia soup from a shito sauce base.
                Yeah, fufu! I made something similar but added some red palm oil and cumin. Delicious (if you are one who likes the taste of palm oil).

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by lssanjose View Post
                  Mark explains it in this link The Difference Between Yams and Sweet Potatoes | Mark's Daily Apple

                  I hope this helps.
                  Awesome, thanks for the link!!

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                  • #10
                    Yes, I am not talking about the orange things we call yams or sweet potatoes. This real yam is nothing like a potato in flavor or consistency. It's more like a starchy root, almost more like celery root, except it doesn't have much flavor. I'd say it actually has no flavor, like rice has no flavor. Things with no flavor taste really good in sauces that have lots of flavor, as I've found out with paneer cheese as well as this flavorless yam. It's kind of like the spaces between the notes in a tune makes it music instead of noise. Anyway, if you can find one of these, they are worth a try. Don't fear the snot-like slimy goo that comes out when you cut it up.
                    Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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                    • #11
                      The H-Mart near me has SO MANY YAMS. They're all weird looking. They look like tree trunks. I've always wanted to try them, but I've assumed they're essentially flavorless and with sweet potatoes being so amazingly delicious, I've held back. I don't want to just boil them. I need to find an excuse to use one and dress it up. Maybe cube it, roast it and drizzle with honey post-workout?
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                      • #12
                        You have to try these. Simply boiled, I have added cubes now to a coconut curry and to a beef stroganoff kind of thing of my own invention. It actually really enhances the flavor, especially in leftovers the next day. It has that type of bland that enhances things and it's way better than rice. I think roasted with honey would be good too, although I don't like honey so I can't tell you for sure. I think you can't actually ruin them. They are like potatoes and not like them at the same time.
                        Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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                        • #13
                          Mmmm nagaimo tastes so delicious when boiled in soup...
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