Posted by Patrick Adizua
The starchy tubers can weigh up to 70kg(150Lbs). An estimated 60million Africans eat yams daily
•They can be stored up to six months without refrigeration •Yam cultivation began 11,000 years ago and the tubers now grow on vines in Africa, the Americas, the Caribbean, South Pacific and Asia. •But the West African countries of Nigeria, Ghana, Togo, Benin, Ivory Coast, Cameroon, and Central Africa produce more than 94% of the world's yams •Nigeria alone accounts for 71% of the world's total production •Planted between February and April •Harvested after 180 to 270 days •Can be barbecued, roasted, fried, grilled, boiled, smoked or grated •Their harvest marks the farming season's end for the Igbo people •Used in traditional Igbo ceremonies
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