Name Variations Edit
- Dioscorea opposita (scientific name)
- Chinese yam
- Japanese mountain yam
- Japanese yam
- Korean yam
- shan yao
About Yamaimo Edit
Wikipedia Article About Japanese Yamaimo on Wikipedia
Yamaimo is a type of yam (Dioscorea) that may be eaten raw. Yamaimo is an exception to the rule that yams must be cooked before consumption (due to harmful substances in the raw state). In Japanese cuisine, it is eaten raw and grated, after only a relatively minimal preparation: the whole tubers are briefly soaked in a vinegar-water solution, to neutralize irritant oxalate crystals found in their skin. The raw vegetable is starchy and bland, mucilaginous when grated, and may be eaten plain as a side dish, or added to noodles.
Yamaimo is used in the Japanese noodle dish tororo udon/soba. The grated nagaimo is known as tororo (in Japanese). In tororo udon/soba, the tororo is mixed with other ingredients that typically include tsuyu broth (dashi), wasabi, and green onions. Jinenjo (Dioscorea japonica, also called wild yam) is related variety of Japanese yam that is used as an ingredient in soba noodles.