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Food glossary

A variety of vegetables

Yam

A staple of Caribbean and West Indian cookery, mashed yams are a popular accompaniment to spicy stews. Yams have a brown, tough, inedible, bark-like skin. The sticky flesh can be white, yellow or even purple. Choose firm yams, which are light for their size.

Uses: Serve mashed with butter and seasoning.

To store: Can be stored for several weeks in a cool, dry, dark place. Do not place in the fridge.

To prepare: Peel and place in water with lemon juice to stop discolouration. Dice, slice or cut into chunks and boil in salted water for 20-30 minutes. To make chips, boil for 10 minutes, pat dry with kitchen paper then fry. Alternatively bake them in their jackets, wrapped in foil.