Harvesting Yam

The leaders which belonged to the yam to be harvested are cut close to the bottom of the trellis in order to separate this yam from its neighbours and so as not to disturb their growth. The yam that had been planted in spring, coming to maturity approximately nine months later, is then dug up . For further propagation of yams the air tubers are harvested and immediately planted into potting mix or garden soil and placed in the greenhouse and in readiness for planting out when new shoots appear; and so the growth cycle will be repeated. The tuber itself may be used for propagation by cutting off pieces which are already shooting.

The yam “log” was washed, peeled and cut into fist-sized pieces then boiled in salted water with sliced onions until tender. Coconut cream was combined to create a sauce to serve with the yam.