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This article is about the vegetable. For the Japanese city,see Ube, Yamaguchi.

Ube (Purple Yam)
File:Dioscorea alata.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Liliopsida
Order: Dioscoreales
Family: Dioscoreaceae
Genus: Dioscorea
Species: D. alata
Binomial name
Dioscorea alata

A piece of cake made with ube

Ube (or ubi) is the Filipino word for purple yam (Dioscorea alata). It contain pigments that gives its violet color . In India, this vegetable is known as ratalu or violet yam or the Moraga Surprise. In Japan this is called murasaki imo. In Tonga: Template:Okinaufi (and is considered there as a royal food), in [[Hawaii|HawaiTemplate:Okinai]]: uhi, in Tahiti: ufi. In the Philippines, ube is cooked with sugar and eaten as a sweetened dessert or jam called halaya ube which is a bright violet color. Ube is also an ingredient in the fruity dessert halo halo, another popular Filipino dessert.

In botany, this species is also known by the names "water yam" and "winged yam."



Ube is now used in a variety of desserts, as well as a flavour for ice cream, milk], Swiss rolls, tarts, cookies, cakes, and other pastries.


See also

  • Hopia, a Filipino pastry

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