Friday, October 21, 2011

Dioscorea opposita, or Japanese Mountain Yam

Dioscorea opposita 
My farmer friend down the mountain grew some "yamaimo" seeds two years ago, and as I rode by on my way to work, I stopped to watch him dig them out. That he gave me one was just a super lucky bonus!
I am kicking myself that I didn't take a picture of the whole root, which was as big as my arm at least. This thing was huge!
I peeled the root, since Mayuho can't touch it because it makes her itchy. But I am fine with it. So anyway, I cut the bottom third off, peeled it, and began to grate it over a mixing bowl.

It was beautifully gooey. Just wonderful!

Then we put some soy sauce in, and dumped it over a big bowl of brown rice. Wow, that was sooooo good!


  1. How strange! which makes it all the more intriguing. What does it taste like???

  2. The taste.... hmmm.... hard to describe really. It is more of a texture than a taste. It is definitely very silky or velvety on the tongue. There is a very subtle hint of earthy flavor.