We just cooked a yam that has been laying in my kitchen for about a week. We’re not quite sure what kind of yam (or sweet potato?) it is, but it had purplish skin but yellowish-whitish insides. It was baked in the oven, wrapped in foil with nothing added, and when it came out of the oven it had an incredibly intense taste and smell that can only be described as floral fruity cleaning solution. The smell is very familiar but we can’t quite figure out what it reminds us of.
Now, I smelled things around the house and there is nothing else in the house that smells anything like this, and I don’t really know how to describe it better. It is certainly not expected nor desired, but is it safe? I mean we’ve eaten our share of yams and sweet potatoes baked in exactly this fashion and this was entirely unexpected (and pretty much unpalatable, so we only ate a bite each). What the hell? Anybody have any idea what’s going on? Some sort of a fruity smelling mold? Contaminant? Just a weird yam species that we’re not familiar with? Are we going to die from this? :eek:
Thank you for your guesses,
Groman and Friends