Yam is the common name for some plant species in the genus Dioscorea that forms edible tubers.
Various benefits are attributed to this edible tuber. These include:
Vitamin B6 – Used to build blood vessel walls
Carbohydrate – for energy and endurance
Supports Female Endocrine System – particularly helpful for menopausal women
Antioxidants – excellent food for those suffering from arthritis and asthma and cancer (Colon cancer and Lung cancer)
Low Glycemic Index – Diabetics can eat yam without worrying about an increase in blood sugar level
Aids Digestion – Yam reduces constipation and decreases bad cholesterol
Improves Cognitive Ability – Yam aids learning and memory capacity in the human brain
Delay Ageing Signs – Yam has amazing anti-ageing benefits contain skin-friendly nutrients
Today, yams are prepared in a variety of ways to delight the taste appeal of everyone
Now, here is the recipe for making a delicious fruity yam cake:
18 oz. dark sugar
1/2 cup rum & wine
1/2 lb. preserved fruits soaked in wine
1 cup flour,
3 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. browning,
2 lbs. Boiled Yellow Yam (Grated)
3 oz. Margarine
In a bowl mix butter and sugar.
Add eggs one at a time.
Beat in Yellow Yam.
Sift flour and baking powder, Pour wine mixture.
Add fruits and browning. Mix well.
Bake in greased tin at 350oF for 1 hour.
Cool and then remove from tin, slice and enjoy!
To enhance the presentation of the cake you can add assorted color food sprinkles or icing.
Barbara Greene, Readers Bureau, Fellow
Edited by Jesus Chan
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