Yam Plant Info: Tips For Growing Chinese Yams

by johnah on October 27, 2020

Chinese yam is one of the most popular food plants in China. They are used to make soups, stews, noodles and many other dishes. There are two kinds of Chinese yam: the regular yellowish green ones and the red or purple ones. Both types have their uses but they differ in taste so it’s better if you choose which kind you like best!

The following information will help you decide which type of Chinese yam suits your needs best.

How to Grow Chinese Yams?

There are several ways to grow Chinese yams. You can either sow them yourself or buy them from a farmer. If you want to grow them yourself, you need to start with a small amount of seedlings. These seedlings will grow into full grown plants over time and then you’ll harvest the fruits after a year or two.

What Are the Uses of Chinese Yams?

These yams are very useful in cooking. They’re also eaten raw, cooked or both. Some recipes call for only one variety while others require different varieties depending on what kind of dish you want to make. The following list includes some common uses for Chinese yams:

Soup: Chinese yam soup is a great way to use up leftover vegetables and meat scraps. It’s easy to prepare and tastes delicious!

Stir-fry: Stir frying only requires some oil, a little bit of meat and your choice of Chinese yams. If you want to spice it up a bit, you can also add in some spices or herbs!

Boiled: While other methods of preparation are more popular, boiled yams are still tasty and healthy. Just slice them up and boil them until they’re soft enough for your liking.

Are There Any Precautions?

You should always wash your hands before and after handling the yams to avoid dirt or other contaminants from getting under your nails. It’s also important to wash the yams themselves before and after cooking. This will help keep potential contaminants out of your food.

You should make sure the yams you use are safe to eat before you cook them. If you’re not sure or you get them from an unknown source, take the time to bake them first at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for about thirty minutes. If they’re bad, you’ll know right away since they’ll either crack open or explode! Just throw them away and get some new ones.

Just make sure you don’t go overboard with the yams. They’re high in sugar content so eating too many of them can increase your weight and potentially lead to health problems down the road.

What is the Nutritional Value of Chinese Yams?

One cup of sliced yam contains about 84% of the daily recommended amount of vitamin C. It also provides 5.3 grams of dietary fiber and 14.1 grams of carbohydrate. It’s also a good source of potassium and magnesium

How Do You Eat Them?

The simplest way to eat Chinese yams is to boil or steam them until they’re soft enough to eat. This is really the only way to eat them if you want to reduce their sugar and carbohydrate content. They can also be boiled and then mashed to be used as a thickener for sauces or other dishes.

You can also fry, roast, bake or microwave them. It’s best to eat them in moderation since most of the calories come from carbohydrates. The following are some additional ways to eat them:

Bake them: Place them on a baking sheet and put them in a preheated oven at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for about thirty minutes. Turn them over once during baking. This will help soften their texture and bring out a bit richer flavor.

Slice them up: Just like potatoes, yams can be sliced up and fried in oil until they turn golden brown. This adds a delicious crispy texture that most people enjoy.

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