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Golden yam is latest addition to ‘treasures’ of Tanegashima

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Anno-imo, a kind of orange-fleshed yam, has become quite popular in recent years as an ingredient in ice cream, custard pudding, miso and shochu liquor.

A little research revealed that the tuber's birthplace is Tanegashima, an island in Kagoshima Prefecture. I also found out that there is actually a village named Anno, where the yam harvest season was at its peak when I paid a visit.

Sweet potatoes, by and large, are oblong. But the Anno yams being dug up were round and fat like standard white potatoes.

"The skin is very delicate and bruises easily," said Suehiro Nagahama, 67, a plantation owner. "These spuds must never be........

© The Asahi Shimbun