Allover Togo and other parts of West Africa, yams hold one of the greatest esteem of all the food products and are carefully integrated into the social, cultural, economic and religious aspects of life. A high status is given to this vegetable, and traditional ceremonies still accompany its production. Yam comes in various colours, from white (shown in the picture), through yellow to a fairly bright orange. The white variety is most widely used. Yam can be used instead of potato, boiled or mashed, and in fact I prefer it to our humble spud.