Primitive Technology: Yam, cultivate and cook


A yam vine (Dioscorea alata) A large tuber grows at from it below ground Here’s another one dug up earlier by a wallaby (partially eaten). Note the sprouts. Fence posts for yam enclosure Lawyer cane Weaving enclosure 1 meter diameter enclosure Digging pit for yam Placing yam in pit Leaf litter for yam mound Covering yam Watering yam Training yam onto pole Which is attached to tree Vine grows quickly Ants protect vine from insects Leaves break down into compost and new leaves added on top Vine climbs into canopy reaching the sunlight 6 months later and aerial bulbs appear on the vine Digging up yam. The original tuber has completely withered away, replaced by two larger ones. Yam breaks. More tuber is left below ground. Second tuber The harvest Aerial bulbs also grow on the vine in the trees. These can also be eaten, but are generally only saved as seed for new gardens. Aerial bulbs in pot Fire pit Fire wood Fire making is quick in this dry weather. About 28 seconds this time. The coal is blown to ignite the tinder Rocks are added so the pit retains heat Coals scraped away Yam put into pit Fire is re-lit over top of yams Half an hour later the yams are taken out Charred and tough on the outside, soft and well cooked inside Inside the taste and texture like a potato. The outside has a sort of crust similar to dry bread. Bland but filling The yam tops, with roots still in soil are re-planted and watered More leaves The small bulbs are stored in a pot for next season The other large tuber is tied with vine And hung off the ground to keep it away from rats (hopefully) Yam

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