These true yams can grow very large (up to 20 pounds) and it is not uncommon for you to find them cut in half at the store. Theyre available year-round in white and yellow varieties. The skins are brown and quite thin. Take care when peeling and slicing because they can get very slimy. This durable vegetable is used much like a potato. There is no need for refrigeration. The ideal storage temperature is between 65F to 75F. The typical life shelf life is up to three weeks.
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Also Known As: yam, igñame, mapuey, yampi