Suran is a vegetable widely found in India, also known as Yam, Elephant foot yam (as it resembles elephant foot), Jimikand, Whitespot giant arum, Stink lily and etc. It is a tuberous vegetable widely cultivated in the tropical countries of the world.It was first originated in the Southeast Asian regions and started cultivating in many countries of the world such as Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Nigeria, Philippines, India, Indonesia and etc. India states which are involved in widely cultivating the Jimikand are Bihar, Kerala, West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Orissa and etc. It belongs to the Dioscoreaceae family and genus Dioscorea.
Suran or Jimikand is the high carbohydrate, protein, vitamins, antioxidants, minerals, dietary fibers and calorie rich vegetable. It is widely used in India for eating purposes in many ways. It has ritual purposes of eating suran recipe on Diwali festival in Hinduism.