Thanksgiving root vegetable

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Random information on the term “Yam”:

Yam is the common name for some plant species in the genus Dioscorea (family Dioscoreaceae) that form edible tubers. Yams are perennial herbaceous vines cultivated for the consumption of their starchy tubers in many temperate and tropical world regions. The tubers themselves are also called “yams”, having numerous cultivars and related species.

In parts of the United States and Canada, “yam” is sometimes used to refer to varieties of the unrelated sweet potato (Ipomoea batatas).

The name, yam, appears to derive from Portuguese inhame or Canarian (Spain) ñame, which derived from West African languages during trade. The main derivations borrow from verbs meaning “to eat”.

In various places other unrelated root vegetables are sometimes referred to as “yams”, including:

Yam has various common names across multiple world regions.

A monocot related to lilies and grasses, yams are vigorous herbaceous vines, providing an edible tuber. They are native to Africa, Asia, and the Americas. Some yams are also invasive plants, often considered a “noxious weed”, outside cultivated areas. Yam tubers vary in size from that of a small potato to over 60 g (2.1 oz). Some 870 species of yams are known, and 95% of these crops are grown in Africa.

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