Yams can be cooked in their skins, but larger ones should be peeled, washed and blanched for 10–20 minutes in boiling salted water before being used.
Yams can be used in the same way as sweet or plain potatoes. Serve mashed yams with plenty of butter and seasoning as an accompaniment to meat stews or other vegetable dishes. Make yam chips or bake yams in their skins.
Here’s a sumptuous curry yam recipe for vegetarians, although meat-eaters are sure to love it too!