[Sca-cooks] Yams was Substitute for Potatoes?
ddfr at daviddfriedman.com
Mon Aug 24 16:19:17 PDT 2009
>On Aug 24, 2009, at 2:40 PM, Terry Decker wrote:
>>Since the term, yam, appears to be derived from a West African
>>language, it's likely that yams came to the attention of Europe as
>>the Portuguese expanded along the West African coast and probably
>>were not incorporated into the European diet.
>>I suspect, but have not verified, that edible yams may not grow
>>well in Europe.
>Good thing I'm not intending to portray a European.
You've rejected Sepharad as a possible home?
I believe that the old world yams are native to subsaharan Africa. I
wouldn't think there would have been many Jews there in period,
although I suppose traders are possible.
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