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Yam Berry

Plants for Spring 2020 Shipping

Welcome to the Food Forest Farm plant shop! Here you’ll find many of the plants we’ve been growing in the nursery since 2010. These plants will come to you healthy and ready for their new home.

All of our plants are multi-functional, that is, some perennial vegetables can be eaten by a human, or livestock (leaf hay), or be grown as mulch for biomass, and more! You can look at “All” of the plants, or filter with the navigation bar.

Perennial Vegetables: edible roots, leaves, shoots, buds, seeds that come from perennial herbs, shrubs, and trees

Fruit: edible sweet goodness

Leaf Hay: plants to grow and feed to livestock like cattle, sheep, goats and rabbits

Biomass: herbs, grasses, shrubs and trees that grow fast and can be cut and used as mulch, grow soil, fuel stoves and compost piles

Yam Berry

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Yam Berry


Large herbaceous vine with cinnamon-scented flowers in spring, glowing yellow leaves in fall. Produces a large edible tuber after a few years, plus annual harvest of chickpea-sized aerial tubers on the vine. These "yam berries" are very good eating roasted with olive oil or boiled and served with butter and salt. Your order comes with a few aerial tubers.

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Chinese yam, yam berry, cinnamon vine

Scientific Name: Dioscorea batatas
Plant Hardiness Zone: 5+
Fruit Size: Small aerial tubers, or large root
Harvest: Fall
Sun: full sun to partial shade
Soil Composition: Suitable for all soil types
Soil Moisture: Prefers good drainage, moist
Taste: Mild potato-like
Planting instructions: The tubers sprouts are frost tender. They will need to be planted out after the last spring frost. Once established the plant will be winter hardy.