Okinawan Sweet Potato

Fall is the season for harvesting sweet potatoes. I’m not just talking about the yellow and the orange sweet potatoes you normally see showing up in pies and casseroles. There is also the Okinawan sweet potato, which is purple like a yam but has almost none of that stringy fiber or gritty mouthfeel.

We picked up these Okinawan sweet potatoes for a good price, about a doller per pound at the Asian grocery these days. Just wrap in foil and bake until cooked through. I love the amazing purple color and the delicate, sweet flavor. There is nothing that can compare.

You can eat them plain like this or mash them up to make haupia sweet potato pie or use them as a filling for spiral pastries (that’s another post).

Have you had these beautiful and delicious sweet potatoes before? Try them!

Aloha, Nate

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  1. reid says:

    >Nate,

    For a while, there was a shortage of these potatoes here. They are my favorites! I am going to try to make an Okinawan sweet potato and haupia pie again soon!

  2. Vicky says:

    No one ever knows what I’m talking about when I mention the Purple Okinawan Sweet Potato. I miss these so much it’s just too bad we can’t get them in Idaho.

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