Yams are medium to large in size and are ovate and cylindrical in shape with tapered ends. The rough skin showcases a brown-rose hue and is often speckled with darker spots and faint lines. It is also covered in small, root hairs and shallow eyes. The flesh is a vibrant orange and is firm, dense, and moist. When cooked, yams retain their bright orange-yellow hue and offer a moist, starchy, and fluffy texture. Its flavor is sweet with a subtle earthiness and nuances of chestnuts.
Yams are available year-round, with peak season in fall through winter.