BOTANICAL NAME:Dioscorea alata
Rasa valli kilangu,Sevvalli kodi in Tamil,
thuppa genasu in Kannada,
kachil in Malayalam
Dioscorea alata, known as purple yam or many other names, is a species of yam, a tuberous root vegetable. The tubers are usually vivid violet to bright lavender in colour, hence the common name, but they may sometimes be plain white. It is sometimes confused with taro and the Okinawa sweet potato (Ipomoea batatas cv. Ayamurasaki), although D. alata is also grown in Okinawa where it is known as beniimo . With its origins in the Asian tropics, D. alata has been known to humans since ancient times.