Sunday, 14 May 2017

Prepare Roast Yams

Yams grown in New Zealand originate from the South American Andes where they are known as oca.

The sweet tubers are small, often about the size of a thumb, are pink-orange in colour and have a slightly shiny and ribbed surface. Other sweeter, slightly smaller varieties, coloured yellow, apricot and golden are available.

New Zealand yams are different from the tropical yams grown in other cultures. In America, and therefore in American recipe books, the vegetables known as ‘yams’ are in fact sweet potatoes similar to Beauregard kumara.
What to look for

Firm yams with a bright colour and no blemishes.

April, May, June, July, August, September, October.

Refrigerate in plastic bags.
How to prepare

Yams do not need to be peeled. Scrub if necessary and remove any blemishes.
Ways to eat

Yams are eaten cooked and in this form the carotenoids are more available. Boiling or steaming minimises their oxalate levels. Serve whole or mashed. Use sliced in stir fries. The natural sweetness of yams is enhanced with ginger, orange or sweet and sour sauces.
Cooking Methods

Bake, braise, boil, steam, microwave, roast, stir fry, stew.

Yams are one of the highest vegetable sources of carbohydrate and energy (kilojoules). They are a good source of folate and also a source of vitamin A (from beta-carotene) and vitamin B6 plus contain potassium at levels of dietary significance. Their yellow orange coloured flesh indicates the presence of carotenoids (yellow orange coloured yams) and anthocyanins (red skins and specks in the flesh). While not as high as carrots, yams are a good source of beta-carotene.

Pre-pack in plastic bags. Customers may not know how to use yams or earth gems, so use the QR code on labels.

Store at 0-2ÂșC with a relative humidity of 90-100%.

Purchase yams and earth gems with the New Zealand GAP logo.

In their native South America and have only been commercially available in New Zealand since 2003. The brightly coloured tubers range from yellow to magenta, pink, and even candy striped. They are very small in size, about 2-3 cm in diameter. Their waxy skins are shiny and colourful and is thin and soft and needs no peeling. The white to lemon-yellow flesh has a smooth, silky texture with a nutty taste, similar to beetroot.

Ulluco have a crisp texture, which remains even when cooked. They can be boiled, steamed, microwaved or baked. They hold their colour after cooking and look attractive on the plate.

A mean feast of roast yams, seasoned with honey and garlic then roasted in olive oil. They make a lovely accompaniment to any meal and are so easy to make.


Serves: 4

- 500g yams

- 1/4 cup olive oil

- garlic salt, to taste

- honey, to taste


Preparation:2min › Cook:30min › Ready in:32min

- Preheat oven to 190 degrees C.

- In a small roasting pan, drizzle yams with olive oil.

- Sprinkle over garlic salt then drizzle over a generous amount of honey.

- Roast for about 30 minutes.


New Zealand yams are usually only available in New Zealand and South America.

They are sometimes known as oca and are a small vegetable with the flavour of a lemony parsnip.
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