Purple Sweet Potato 101

November 19, 2018

I recently started seeing purple sweet potatoes in the grocery store again.  They are found more often in fall and winter.  I've always wanted to try them, so I finally decided to grab one to taste (if you saw the price, you'd understand why I just got one).  Click here to check out how I prepared it.


What is a Purple Sweet Potato?


First I think we should start off with what they aren't.  Purple sweet potatoes (including the orange ones) are not yams.  Yams are native to Asia and Africa.  Their skin is bark-like with a starchy, unsweet flesh that's similar to yucca.  They are not common in the U.S.


Purple sweet potatoes are not ube.  Fresh ube is also rarely found in the U.S.  It is a staple in the Filipino kitchen and used in many desserts across Asia.  They resemble yams on the outside with lilac flesh on the inside.  


Purple sweet potatoes have a brownish or purple exterior with a bright purple interior.  The color intensifies when it's cooked.  They don't have the sweet flavor of their orange cousin.  This is not the potato you want to use in a pie.  It has a dryer texture and an earthy flavor.  Because they are denser than the orange sweet potatoes, they take longer to cook.  




Photo Credit Freidas.com



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