Barbadian grows enormous yam – Online Florida service says yam is ham-sized

I yam what I yam” – Popeye, the sailor man!

A weird story with a Bajan deserves an awful pun based on a cartoon character’s battle-cry and raison d’etre, anyways, here’s what Miami’s News-Press says about a Bajan transplant and his green thumbs;-
In 1991 he grew a 7-pound sweet potato.

Now [Cleophas Ishmael] has a 9-pound white yam as big as a ham.

Calling a yam a sweet potato is a mistake, according to the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences at the University of Florida. They resemble each other but are not botanically related.

Yams are climbing perennial vines with heart-shaped leaves. Its underground tubers vary in size and shape. They average 3 to 8 pounds. They are nutritious and have some medicinal value.

Ishmael didn’t set out to grow a whopper of a yam. He planted his yam on the west side of his house where an old pine tree used to be.

I cut it down about eight years ago and that decomposed. Plus I put some mulch in there,” Ishmael said.

He started digging around under the vine and soon knew he had something big.

I was totally surprised. I never saw one as big as that when I was in Barbados,” said Ishmael, who is from Barbados.

His yam is big for Lehigh Acres, but in the world of super tubers it’s more like a dwarf.

An industry group in Denmark called the International Starch Institute says there is an African species of yam that can weigh up to 700 pounds. It’s called the elephant’s foot.

Of course, the story also mentions what every Caribbean person has known since August last year… That Usain Bolt ate yams and attributed that to his incredible prowess at the Beijing Games! You know, that was when he YAMMED out the USA track squad, LMAO!

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  1. they dont know the difference between yams and sweet potatoes here


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