Singkamas (yam bean) will always be one of the favorite much-onâ€™s of Pinoys! Usually eaten raw, itâ€™s watery, semi-sweet and definitely fun to chew! Itâ€™s spherical shape and has a tapered tip section, its white flesh has a texture resembling a pear! Lucky are the residents of Barangay Barangobong in Luna, La Union province as they can munch on not just a big but a humungous Singkamas! The huge yam bean grew on the backyard of the Lafradez Family. It measured 38 inches in width and a foot in height. They thought of it at first as the biggest produce among their plants, but as days passed by it grew even bigger!
According to the Municipal Agriculturistâ€™s Office of Luna, the seed planted mustâ€™ve been a hybrid variety- allowing the yam bean to grow to extremely large proportions! The Lafradez family further believed that the big yam bean signifies prosperity. Consequently, the big yam bean satisfied their big appetites.
TRIVIA: Yam beans are frequently sold on sticks by street vendors, topped with sweet-spicy bagoong (shrimp paste)! Nutrition Content: Yam bean benefits: Moisturize and soften skin; Lowers blood cholesterol levels; Help prevent the occurrence of cancer; Help resolve diarrhea; Overcome kidney and gallbladder disease; accelerate the healing of skin affected by burns;The Fiber content can facilitate the digestive system (source: http://www.healthdailyinfo.com)