aerial yam

[English] plural aerial yams

A tropical Old World yam with axillary potato-like tubers, some of which are edible after cooking. It is an orange yam plant which grows several bulbils about the size of a large thumb above the ground. They resemble tubers and are very tasty. The underground tuber is not used. It is cultivated in Africa, Asia and the Caribbean and is a weed in the tropics and Florida.

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