Also called earth gems, New Zealand yams are so dainty and pretty! Yeah, okay, they do look kind of like grubs.
Formally known as oxalis tuberosa, they are a completely different vegetable than our Thanksgiving yams; what we call sweet potatoes or yams in the U.S. are called kumara here, and at fish and chips shops, you can usually get kumara fries instead of regular white potato fries.
These thumb-sized yams originated in South America and are a winter vegetable here. They’re everywhere now, from supermarkets in Auckland to the local fruit and veg stand in town here.
I roasted them with olive oil, salt, pepper, and cinnamon. They taste like a cross between a potato and a sweet potato, with a bit more crunch. They’re really good!