Yomping yams

Kitchen Garden|May 2020

Yomping yams
A crop for warmer climes generally speaking, yet there is one variety of yam – the cinnamon vine – that can be grown here in the UK to good effect, as Sally Cunningham explains
Sally Cunningham

If you visit any African food store you’ll be confronted with a pile of fresh yams, and you may have seen them growing in the tropics, but few people know there is a hardy yam which can be grown here.

If you look at inner-city allotments from a summer train trip, you may be puzzled to see greenhouses with what looks like fleece wrapped chimneys poking from their roofs. These are usually on plots owned by Caribbean growers, who aim to get the best possible yields from their yams by protecting the leaves and prolonging the growing season to produce roots in the shortest time.



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May 2020