Elephant foot yam probably originates from India or Sri Lanka. It is grown for the corms which are eaten as a vegetable.Elephant foot is a perennial herb. It usually takes 3 to 4 years before the corms are harvested.Elephant foot yam is a tropical tuber crop, grown for its round corm. The stems can be 1 to 2 meters tall.Leaves (usually one or two on a stem) are about 50 cm long and consist of several oval leaflets.Round corms are usually 3 to 9 kilo, depending on the number of seasons that the crop was grown before harvest. They can even reach 25 kg.The corm of Elephant foot is eaten as a vegetable, usually boiled or baked.
Elephant yam is also sometimes grown for its medicinal properties.
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