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Re: The Yam Checklist: Starting a Backyard Dioscorea Germplasm Collection
« Reply #100 on: December 21, 2019, 02:19:51 PM »
I harvested the first plant (out of 5, 4 to go) of Dioscorea esculenta, which I had received from Chandramohan. The verdict... It was great! Tender, quick to cook, mild and starchy. The skin is thin, but inedible and bitter (I tried it); if you cook the tiny ones in the skin, they're easier to pop out with your fingers than if you tried to peel them. Yields were small no fertilizer, infrequent watering, 2 gallon pots. I expect yields to be much better when given actual decent care.

I ate the first plant's worth of tubers. From the remainder, I'll save some seed tubers for myself and for anyone else interested. The other plants haven't died back yet, but when they do, I'll be leaving them in the ground until it's time to plant or ship (and shipped in media, as I received them). I had left this first batch of tubers exposed for a few days, and they turned a bit ugly outside though they were still nice and tasty inside.

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Re: The Yam Checklist: Starting a Backyard Dioscorea Germplasm Collection
« Reply #101 on: January 15, 2021, 07:08:37 PM »
I had a good enough harvest from the Dioscorea bulbifera from Caesar to show and even eat. I picked bulbils and dug out  tubers to relocate them this spring. They were strong growers and began to overtak some young mango trees planted close by. In the photo the round ones are bulbils and the tubers with roots were the "mother" vines. Disregard the one in upper right that was an aexceptional D. alata bulbil which touched the ground and rooted in to become very large.
The two largest mothers were 2 years in ground, the smaller ones were one year. So, by about the second year you can get substantial large bulbils from these.



The flesh is yellow and not so slippery as most yams. I fried some and the taste was excellent, very neutral flavor with nothing off-putting, equal to potato. The batch pictured I left the skin on but it was too tough to chew, however it pulled off easily with no waste.




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Re: The Yam Checklist: Starting a Backyard Dioscorea Germplasm Collection
« Reply #102 on: January 18, 2021, 09:50:42 AM »
That last pic looks mighty tasty!

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Re: The Yam Checklist: Starting a Backyard Dioscorea Germplasm Collection
« Reply #103 on: January 18, 2021, 11:14:06 PM »
One thing about these is they are good eating and the outward appearance is pretty regular, smooth and not gnarly bumpy or covered with roots. Plus they do taste very good!

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Re: The Yam Checklist: Starting a Backyard Dioscorea Germplasm Collection
« Reply #104 on: November 27, 2021, 10:53:16 PM »
I harvested this Air potato two days back, it weighed a whopping 3.1lbs.


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Re: The Yam Checklist: Starting a Backyard Dioscorea Germplasm Collection
« Reply #105 on: November 27, 2021, 11:34:48 PM »
About 3 months back I found this Yam growing on a tree in my farm. It looks as if I had planted the tuber two or three years back and had not noticed the vine.



The vine is different in that, it has 6 ridges and not 4 as compared to other Dioscoreas I have, and there are small thorns in the ridges.
Last week when I checked on the vine it had dried up and the seed tubers were falling down. So yesterday I decided to dig up the tuber. Initially the tuber appeared the thickness of a thumb but as I went deeper it became thicker, but it is so tender that the slightest pressure on the soil would break the tuber, as you will see from the no. of pieces! Finally after a depth of about two and a half feet, the tuber had grown into the root of the tree and I had to abandon my attempt.

After boiling the tuber, when I tasted it I got a surprise! It is the tastiest Yam I have eaten! It is very creamy and unbelievably 'White' !!


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Re: The Yam Checklist: Starting a Backyard Dioscorea Germplasm Collection
« Reply #106 on: November 29, 2021, 08:02:07 PM »
I harvested this Air potato two days back, it weighed a whopping 3.1lbs.

That is fantastic. How long has the mother root been in the ground?

I got the same bulbifera from Caesar and they have grown very well. I moved mine this past year and it slowed down the production. I hope to have some larger like yours some day.

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Re: The Yam Checklist: Starting a Backyard Dioscorea Germplasm Collection
« Reply #107 on: November 30, 2021, 12:47:22 AM »
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That is fantastic. How long has the mother root been in the ground?

I got the same bulbifera from Caesar and they have grown very well. I moved mine this past year and it slowed down the production. I hope to have some larger like yours some day.
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The mother root has been in the ground two years. Every three years I dig up the mother root to boil and eat, as it is tastier than the arial tuber. I plant a new one in its place.

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Re: The Yam Checklist: Starting a Backyard Dioscorea Germplasm Collection
« Reply #108 on: December 21, 2021, 09:02:40 PM »
My bulbifera harvest for the year. These were up in trees and a strong storm brought them down today. Next season all will be given a permanent home on a 100 ft long fence.



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Re: The Yam Checklist: Starting a Backyard Dioscorea Germplasm Collection
« Reply #109 on: December 29, 2021, 08:21:17 AM »
Anyone have any yams they want to trade? I have a fee types of bulbifera: Hawaii and Mexico. As well as a few alata cultivars: Emperor(i think was the name)) purple, another purple, yellow and white fleshed alatas.
 

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Re: The Yam Checklist: Starting a Backyard Dioscorea Germplasm Collection
« Reply #110 on: January 04, 2022, 08:38:41 AM »
I am interested. Please send PM.

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Re: The Yam Checklist: Starting a Backyard Dioscorea Germplasm Collection
« Reply #111 on: January 30, 2022, 04:40:54 AM »
This bulbifera tuber I had dug up yesterday and it weighed 4.756 kgs or  about 10.5 lbs. After boiling, it was soft but not mushy and slightly sweet! Much better than the arial tuber.



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Re: The Yam Checklist: Starting a Backyard Dioscorea Germplasm Collection
« Reply #112 on: February 09, 2022, 08:29:06 AM »
I dug up these Dioscorea esculenta tubers today. Tubers from this vine is what Caesar has.


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Re: The Yam Checklist: Starting a Backyard Dioscorea Germplasm Collection
« Reply #113 on: April 04, 2022, 01:02:26 PM »
 God I wish there were more folks involved in cultivating and selling the edible bulbiferas. It's an extraordinary producer and I'd love to get my hands on some.

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Re: The Yam Checklist: Starting a Backyard Dioscorea Germplasm Collection
« Reply #114 on: April 05, 2022, 07:56:23 AM »
The last couple of years I have propagated a bunch of dioscorea with varying soccess. The alatas went crazy. A few other types did o.k. About January when the vines had all dried out and some bulbous started dropping I carefully collected the bulbils and brought them into the house. Early March I put them in pots and back outside. Then the critter raids started. Everything got mixed up and no labels were left in place. Guess I'm going to have some now unidentified dioscorea....

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Re: The Yam Checklist: Starting a Backyard Dioscorea Germplasm Collection
« Reply #115 on: April 05, 2022, 08:00:11 AM »
Hey Nullroar, If there is an Asian near in your vicinity you can get a bunch of dioscorea there. And other tubers you can propagate. Check Cesar's list on the first page. Some of these are temperate. Have fun! D

 

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