Hi, I am Yam – carbohydrate rich, staple tuber vegetable of West African origin. Although I am grown all over the African continent, Nigeria is the world’s largest producer and exporter, accounting for over 70 percent of the total global production.
I am similar in appearance to sweet potatoes but not at all related to them. To help you tell the difference, I am monocotyledon, larger in size, feature thicker, dark brown to pink skin depending upon the cultivar type. Whereas, sweet potatoes are dicotyledonous, relatively smaller size and possess thin peel.
Now that you are familiar with my looks, let’s have a look at my nutritional value and health benefits. My crunchy edible root is chiefly composed of complex carbohydrates and soluble dietary fiber that help reduce constipation, decrease bad (LDL) cholesterol levels by binding to it in the intestines and lower colon cancer risk by preventing toxic compounds in the food from adhering to the colon mucosa.
I am an excellent source of the B-complex group of vitamins that mediate various metabolic functions in the body. Further, I am also rich in vitamins A, C and minerals such as copper, calcium, potassium, iron, manganese, and phosphorus. I help maintain strong immunity and healthy skin and mucous, night vision, growth and protection from lung and oral cavity cancers.
Enjoyed listening to Yam? Now it’s my turn.
I am the world famous Potato – the No. 1 vegetable crop in the United States and the fourth most consumed crop in the world. I am available worldwide and all year long. I am relatively cheap to grow, rich in nutrients, and can make a delicious treat.
I am an excellent source of vitamin C, potassium, Vitamin B6 and I am free from fat, sodium and cholesterol. I can greatly benefit your skin, bones, muscles, heart, and improve digestion, metabolism, blood pressure and overall immunity.
Yam & Potato: The best way to cook us
We are highly nutritious and beneficial for overall health but it is important that you cook us the right way so our nutritional values are retained. The healthiest way to cook us would be in MEC pure clay cookware for they not only preserve all our nutrients by cooking with gentle heat but also take only 20 minutes or so to cook – the key is to use less water (1-2” of water in the pot and you can fill the pot with chopped yams).
You can also cook us in soups, stews etc. to make yourself a delicious meal. If you want to experience our natural taste, color and all the nutrients we have to offer, head over to MEC Store and order pure clay cookware today and we cook mighty fast and are full of potency, ready in 20 minutes!