[Sca-cooks] Yams was Substitute for Potatoes?

David Friedman 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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