Amorphophallus paeoniifolius – Elephant-Foot Yam

The Amorphophallus paeoniifolius or elephant foot yam is a tropical tuber crop grown primarily in South Asia, Southeast Asia, Africa, and the tropical Pacific islands.

Because of its popularity as a vegetable in various cuisines, it can be, raised as a cash crop.

Elephant Foot Yam ranks as perhaps the most foul-smelling of all known food crops.

However, despite its powerful aroma, considered putrid by most, it is a popular food crop in some part of the world.

Amorphophallus paeoniifolius grows underground, leaving the leaves, berries, and the unpleasant smelling inflorescence above the ground.


It has been, alleged that Elephant foot yam has a rich nutritional profile.

Such as Potassium, Phosphorous and Magnesium the minerals found in elephant yam.

It also contains trace minerals like zinc, copper and selenium. It also contains Calcium.

There is various information which suggests that The elephant-foot yam is a widely used medicine and could cure bronchitis, asthma, abdominal pain, emesis, dysentery and other such diseases.

The tubers weigh almost 30 lbs, and the vegetable has proteins, carbohydrates, cholesterol-lowering chemicals, omega three fatty acids and is rich in fibres.

Yam is rich in vitamins, minerals, proteins and iron.