Ingredient Spotlight: Purple Sweet Potatoes

Ingredient Spotlight: Purple Sweet Potatoes

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Emily Han
Aug 24, 2010
These potatoes sent us on a bit of a ride. You see, they were labeled as yams at the farmers' market and a fellow shopper told us they were ube, as purple yams are known in the Philippines. So we bought them with the intention of making halayang ube, a Filipino jam. But after a bit of research, we discovered they are actually Japanese, or Okinawan, sweet potatoes. (Even more confusingly, these potatoes aren't really native to Japan but rather the Americas!) Now ... what should we do with them? Simply steamed, the potatoes have a mildly sweet, nutty flavor. And the color is quite amazing! Here are a few recipe ideas we've found: • Gnocchi: Purple Yam Gnocchi, from Burnt Lumpia • Mash: Mashed Okinawan Purple Sweet Potatoes, from Wandering Chopsticks • Chips: Hawaiian Purple Sweet Potato Chips, from SJ Gourmet • Soup: Purple Sweet Potatoes Dessert Soup, from Juicy Fresh Bites • Dessert: Okinawa Sweet Potato Tarts, from Buko Pandan Have you ever cooked with purple sweet potatoes? Related: Good Question: Yams vs. Sweet Potatoes (Image: Emily Ho)
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