Ang Nilagang Ube / Purple Yam

Do you remember when the last time you ate ube (purple yam)? Perhaps you are eating ube macapuno at this moment. You might had halo-halo yesterday, eaten ube haleya last week –  a pulvoron or a yogurt. Those product are made out of ube or as one of the ingredients. I am not referring to those processed products however. I am talking about the plain boiled ube.

nilagang ube

I got this chunk of boiled ube from mom’s house. I missed this one, really! Its texture is similar to boiled camote but it lacks moisture. Every bite makes me thirsty.

Sweet potato taste slightly sweet but ube is bland. Not even a slight taste of sweetness. So why I want to eat such? I never know why. Maybe the color is attractive or I just want to eat it for no reasons – like eating a plain boiled cassava.

We used to boil root crops on a regular basis. Our favorite were gabi, cassava, ube and sweet potato.

I gave some to my toddler. Sad! He gave it back to me then spit out the remaining piece.

Marvin is the lead chocolate maker of Ben and Lyn Chocolate Inc. Has strong background in food research and development. Occasionally conducts training and lectures. Lecturer of Cocoa Foundation of the Philippines. Do coaching and consultancy services on his free time.

2 Replies to “Ang Nilagang Ube / Purple Yam”

  1. One of my more recent discoveries from the palengkes are the sweet potato varieties that are purple, and surprisingly some tastes better than the old camote I knew.

    I think it’s sad that most Filipinos are ignorant about the richness and variety of food tuber crops we have around us. They think of them as “famine crops” or food for the poor instead of alternatives to rice, and not necessarily an inferior alternative.

  2. I actually find plain boiled ube to be quite flavorful, assuming it is good quality, fresh ube. But, if you want to amp up the taste, a little sugar and/or butter is good too.

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