Xylotol: A sweetener extracted from fruits and vegetables. It is sweet, yummy, and doesn’t have an aftertaste, better yet it has 33% fewer calories than sugar. Yeah, I know I sound like an advertisement, but I tried it in Zimbabwe earlier this year and was extremely impressed. It’s a little pricey so I haven’t tried cooking or baking with it, so I can’t vouch for it on those fronts, but it works wonderfully for sweeten your coffee or tea. The miracle sweetener is a safe sweetener for diabetics and according to wikipedia actually remineralizes teeth and reduce dental cavities. It is poisonous to dogs, but so is chocolate.
Yams: Excellent cruising vegetable often confused with a sweet potato. But a yam is a native African plant related to lilies and a sweet potato is in the morning glory family. Though they are stored similarly, a yam has more calories and starch than sweet potatoes. Store in a cool, dark, well-ventilated place and cut eyes out as they appear. Though sources say they have a similar shelf-lives, in my experience yams have a longer shelf life than potatoes.
Yeast (SP- levadura): Though technically supposed to be refrigerated after opening, yeast will keep on the shelf. I always proof the yeast in a separate bowl of warm water and a little sugar before starting bread just to make sure it’s still active but the yeast organisms are extremely resilient according to a scientist specializing in fermentation.
Nutritional yeast or Brewers yeast is a great seasoning and an excellent source for B-12 vitamins. With a cheesy flavor, the yellow yeast “flakes” can be used in sauces, over vegetables, or (my personal favorite) on popcorn. It can be found in bulk in many health food stores. Store it on the shelf with other seasonings.
Yogurt: Easy-to-make and protein-rich yogurt makes great cruising food. Yogurt is simple to make especially when cruising in tropical climates. You can make it using milk and a dollop of store-bought yogurt containing active cultures. However I recommend bringing dry yogurt cultures on board as well as an active live culture. Dried yogurt cultures have a shelf-life of more than a yearJust remember that the dry cultures take longer to activate than the yogurt starters do.
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Yucca: Store in a cool dark place. Yucca lasts months with no problem. Boiled and pureed it makes smooth, creamy mashed “potatoes.” Inexpensive and available throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. Can be stored with apples as it is not greatly affected by ethylene.
Zucchini or Courgette: Zucchini is a summer squash, and can be either green or yellow. Unlike winter squash, you can eat the outside so it is not necessary to peel before eating. Unfortunately they do not last as long as winter squashes. Store in perforated plastic bag in refrigerator and under optimal conditions zucchinis can last up to a month.