There are many delicacies that can be tasted in La Gomera, and many typical products that you can discover if you visit our island. The almogrote, the guarapo,  La Gomera wines, the canary islands banana... today we are going to extend this list with one more product that we highly recommend you try while in La Gomera, the yam.

Yam is a tuber of North African origin that is believed to have arrived in the Canary Islands by the hand of travellers. It is rich in carbohydrates, proteins and vitamin C , often found in Canary Island dishes and usually eaten boiled, roasted or in purée.

It can be said that you can make as many recipes with yams as there are homes on the islands, but perhaps one of the most common ways is to present it with mojo as an accompaniment to other main dishes such as fish, vegetables for stew or also as an aperitif or dessert chopped and sprinkled with sugar, cinnamon or accompanied with palm honey.

And if after trying the yam you want to put into practice your culinary skills by using this tuber, here is an innovative, quick and easy recipe by Juan Mari Arzak for Christmas. With this recipe you will surprise your guests with a delicious aperitif: fried yams with oysters and avocado cream.


  • 250 g of yam
  • Olive oil
  • Water
  • Salt
  • 12 oysters
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 very finely chopped spring onion
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 small tomato
  • Coriander
  • Chives
  • Pepper


  • Cut the yam into very thin slices. Once you have cut the yam, blanch them in boiling water with salt. Drain well and then fry over low heat until crisp.
  • Extract the flesh of oysters from their shells and set aside.
  • Peel the avocado, remove the seed, and crush the flesh with a fork, adding crushed onion and peeled tomato, seeded and very chopped, like the rest of ingredients.
  • Place the avocado cream and oysters on the yam slices and... let's eat!

The gastronomy of the Canary Islands offers an incredible inviting variety, do you want to discover this and much more?