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Ube in the Philippines

Ube in the Philippines is everywhere! You could say it is ub(e)iquitous 🙂 When I first arrived in the Philippines, I thought what the heck is that purple stuff in the bowl of ice cream! How can anyone possibly eat food full of coloring additives and dyes? But it’s a natural plant and actually tastes pretty good. What is Ube? Its Latin name is dioscorea alata.  Ube as it is known in the Philippines is a purple yam. It is used in a variety of desserts, as well as a flavor for ice cream, milk, Swiss rolls, tarts, cookies, cakes, and other pastries. In the Philippines, it is often eaten boiled or as a sweetened jam called ube halayá; the latter is a popular ingredient…

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