purple yam

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Also Known as
Kand

Description
Purple Yam is an earthly, healthy and delicious food. Our family favors this vegetable for its unique and interesting texture and its beautiful color. Purple yams are tubers with grayish brown skins and purple flesh. They taste sweet and a variety of a true yam, which is known as "ube" or "ubi" in the Philippines. It has rough textured, dark colored skin and a light purple colored flesh. Purple yam is very gnarled looking in appearance and grows on a vine rather than underground.
This has purple colored flesh but it has a light colored skin and is shaped like other varieties of yam.



How to Select
Purple yams are sold fresh in supermarkets or wet markets. Choose that are firm and do not have any cracks, bruises or soft spots. Avoid those that are displayed in the refrigerated section of the produce department since cold temperature negatively alters their taste.

Culinary Uses
· Purple Yam Pudding Recipe
· Purple yam is used to make ube powder, which is a starchy substance added as an ingredient to sweet baked goods, cakes, ice cream, jams, and curries.
· All varieties of the purple yam are used to make both sweet and savory dishes as well as ground starchy substances used as flavorings and ingredients for other foods.

How to Store
Purple Yams should be stored in a cool, dark and well-ventilated place where they will keep fresh for up to ten days. They should be stored loose and not kept in a plastic bag. Keep them out of exposure to sunlight since this will cause them to sprout or ferment. Uncooked purple yams should not be kept in the refrigerator.

Boiled purple yam
To prepare, a yam must be peeled with a knife, to remove its bark-like skin. After peeling, submerge the white flesh, you can either pressure cook the yam for 3 whisteles on high flame or cook in boiling water, till it is 80% cooked. Once after boiled you can either cut it into dices or cubesor can even grate it, as per recipe requirements.
Peeled purple yam
To prepare, a yam must be peeled with a knife, to remove its bark-like skin. After peeling, submerge the white flesh in cold water to keep it from turning dark in color.
Purple yam cubes
To prepare, a yam must be peeled with a knife, to remove its bark-like skin. After peeling, submerge the white flesh in cold water to keep it from turning dark in color. Dice or cube tomato by cutting them into uniform strips. Line up the strips with your non-working hand and cut them into square pieces. Cube them as per the recipe's need regarding the size of the cubes, (for example, "cut into ½-inch cubes").
Sliced purple yam
To prepare, a yam must be peeled with a knife, to remove its bark-like skin. After peeling, submerge the white flesh in cold water to keep it from turning dark in color. You can slice it thickly or thinly as per recipe requirements.
Steamed and grated purple yam
To steam yam, first peel with a knife, to remove its bark-like skin. After peeling, place the big chunks of white flesh in a steamer and steam for 15 to 20 minutes or till they are steamed well and turns soft. Cool and grate the pieces using a thick or thin grater as per the recipe requirements.



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