Yam in 14th century Scotland

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Yam in 14th century Scotland

Postby Celtic Britain on Sun Oct 18, 2009 7:07 pm

Hi,

is it possible to use yam (vegetable) in re-enacting 14th century Scotland? Is it likely that it was used for food?

Thanks in advance.

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Re: Yam in 14th century Scotland

Postby the_power on Sun Oct 18, 2009 7:43 pm

I doubt your average 21st century scot would have a clue what a yam is!

It's an American/African rain-forest food that though discovered in the 17th century, but I don't think it was ever cultivated in Europe.

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Re: Yam in 14th century Scotland

Postby finnobreanan on Sun Nov 01, 2009 8:49 pm

Yams were first imported into Europe from Africa in the 1500s (sorry, I couldn't find an exact date), and probably were a fairly scarce commodity at that time. They were not cultivated in Europe until about 1850, as a substitute for potatoes during the blight. A Scot (or any other European) in the 1300s wouldn't have a clue what one was.
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