The Rich Flavor And Health Benefits Of The Purple Yam

When you see dessert, cakes or pastries in the Philippines that is violet in colored, then in all probability it would be made from the Filipino purple yam locally known as “ube”. While belonging to the same family as the American purple yams, the Filipino ube is actually much darker in its violet colored skin and perhaps richer in flavor, too.

The most popular Filipino dessert made from this rich Filipino tuber is a jam called “halayang ube.” This famous violet-colored dessert in the Philippines is prepared by boiling the ube tubers until they are soft and then mixing the peeled and mashed ube with white sugar, evaporated milk, condensed milk and butter.

This luscious mixture is stirred over low fire until it thickens and placed in containers of different shapes and designs to harden. They are later served on dessert plates in creative shapes and presentations or otherwise stored in bottles as yam jams.

As a violet colored food like grapes, sugar beets and purple sweet potato, the ube would contain the substance responsible for its purple skin color called anthocyanin. This is an antioxidant that is known to fortify your body’s immune system and prevent cell deterioration.

This makes the Filipino ube, not just a sought-after dessert, but also a health enhancing food. The vitamins, minerals and fibers contained in this substantially rich tuber provide the body’s need for protecting its cell membranes that keeps undue cancer development especially in the areas of the mouth, throat and the lungs.

For a healthier preparation, it would be better to simply boil the ube which is more of the process that activates its antioxidant substances. The process of steaming it for less than ten minutes is even better in that this gentler procedure keeps the vitality of the antioxidant ingredients while also preserving the pure and natural tuber flavor.

For the real vegetarians, it would not be even necessary to garnish it with nutmeg or cinnamon as others do to enhance its taste. According to research, vegetarians are much less prone to cancer than carnivorous people especially when they regularly take in foods that have high antioxidant contents like the purple colored foods including the ube.

Purple yams like sweet potatoes have also been discovered to enhance the detoxifying functions of the kidneys, spleen and the pancreas. Their rich mineral contents have been proven to catalyze the body’s metabolism and so empower the kidneys for a more efficient disposal of toxins from your system.

With the powerful combination of delicious flavor and health benefits, anyone would find himself in a real total treat when munching the Filipino purple yam called ube.

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