It is the underground tubers that are treated as a root vegetable and eaten. The tubers can take 12 months to mature, and weigh in at 8 pounds (3.5 kg) from an established plant. New vines can be grown from the tubers, or yams, as they are called for food purposes.
The Yellow Guinea Yam has thin, rough, lumpy skin. Inside, the flesh tends to be a lemon yellow.
It is not as popular as other yams in West Africa or the West Indies because it does not store well.
The yams must be cooked before eating. Peel, slice and boil, stew, deep-fry or bake.
Does not store well.
Native to West Africa.