Tropicals forum: Common name is Name

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Name: Evan
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eclayne
Jul 16, 2012 8:14 PM CST

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I was at the supermarket tonight and noticed they're been selling a few more tropical varieties of produce. One of these, right next to the Yautia and Batata was labeled Name. I asked the produce guy and he confirmed the name is Name. Does anyone know this one by this _____?
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Bubbles
Jul 16, 2012 8:43 PM CST

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It's like a yam and is boiled or fried (like chips). We have them in the Mexican markets here. Written as ñame.
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Bubbles
Jul 16, 2012 9:50 PM CST

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Here's a photo of it.

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eclayne
Jul 16, 2012 10:05 PM CST

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I'm pretty sure that's it Sandi. With your accented spelling a search brought up Yam on Wikipedia. I wonder which Dioscorea it is. A few are easy to eliminate.
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Bubbles
Jul 17, 2012 7:30 AM CST

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I'd vote for D rotundata. Just don't eat it without cooking. Will make you very sick.
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dyzzypyxxy
Jul 17, 2012 8:16 AM CST
So, is it pronounced "n yom ay" ? Interesting. I've seen them in markets in the Caribbean, but not here.
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Name: Jonna
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extranjera
Jul 17, 2012 4:01 PM CST
It is called Yuca here in the Yucatan and in other parts of Mexico that I've been in, it is manioc or cassava in other areas. I've never seen it called ñame but if so then yes, it would be pronounced 'nya-may' It's possible that is a name from another spanish speaking country, possibly one of the caribbean islands. My favorite way of eating it is as tapioca pudding Thumbs up
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Dutchlady1
Jul 17, 2012 4:03 PM CST
ok - how to make tapioca pudding from scratch - over to you Jonna!!
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Bubbles
Jul 17, 2012 4:06 PM CST

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Here's a pic of Yuca from our Mexican market.

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extranjera
Jul 17, 2012 4:26 PM CST
I had to do some googling about how they make tapioca pearls from yuca roots. It sounds like more than I could do at home, the starch has to be ground and extracted and then somehow formed into the little balls that I love.

What I did find was a recipe that sounds like a fabulous dessert made from the fresh root. Here's the link: http://www.cookingninja.com/158-Coconut-Cassava-Tapioca-Dess... I will have to try that soon.

I buy jars of tapioca pearls and make pudding several times a month. I use whatever fruit is in season and usually use half fruit juice and half milk. I do have a recipe for that if anyone would like it, in spanish or english.

Another of my favorites is bubble tea, there are several bubble tea places here and I can never pass one without stopping. So far, my favorite is made with passionfruit juice. It's kind of like a slushy with the bubble tapioca balls in the bottom.

Raw cassava has cyanide gas in it so it is important to cook it before eating. Sounds horrid but all that I read said it is perfectly safe if cooked until tender. It must be, I eat enough of it. I generally find Yuca served here as a savory, in a kind of stew with pork and chiles. I'm more interested in learning how to make desserts with it, I love sweets.
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Name: Sandi
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Bubbles
Jul 17, 2012 4:28 PM CST

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Hetty, we were just at the market this afternoon looking for your turmeric! Still not available. Will keep checking.

Today they had the white ñame, as well as the yellow. I think it is different than yuca. I believe yuca can cause cyanide poisoning if not prepared properly. (Sounds like something I won't try!) I love the plant/tree it makes, tho. In fact, Lowe's was dumping some of their Tapioca trees this afternoon. They don't like to be wet and we've had rain for a week.
Name: Sandi
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Bubbles
Jul 17, 2012 4:30 PM CST

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Looks like we cross-posted, Jonna!

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