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Purple Japanese Sweet Potato
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The Japanese Purple Sweet potato has an oblong shape with a thin outer skin that is red-brown, dark brown, or purple in color. They average 12 centimeters long, and weigh around 4 ounces each. The inner flesh of the Japanese Purple Sweet potato is vibrant purple, and may have white streaks that disappear when cooked. It has a somewhat dry and starchy texture that becomes creamy when cooked, and offers a mildly sweet taste with chestnut notes.
Japanese Purple Sweet potatoes are available in the early fall and winter months.
The Japanese Purple Sweet potato is botanically classified as Ipomoea batatas and a member of the Convolvulaceae family. It is also known as Murasaki Imo, which means “purple potato” in Japanese. There are several varieties of Japanese Purple Sweet potato, such as Purple Sweet Lord and Ayamurasaki. Japanese Purple Sweet potatoes can be found in specialty markets in the United States and Japan, though availability may be limited.
Japanese Purple Sweet potatoes contain carbohydrates, dietary fiber, vitamins A and C, and minerals like calcium, magnesium, potassium and zinc. The color of their flesh comes from anthocyanin, a naturally occurring antioxidant.
Japanese Purple Sweet potatoes can be used in cooked applications. To retain their vibrant color, they should be roasted or steamed. When boiled, they will lose their purple hue. Serve cooked Japanese Purple Sweet potatoes dressed with salt and butter or olive oil. In Japan, they are used in snack foods, juices, breads and confectionaries, as well as in desserts like ice creams, pies and cheesecakes. They are a popular choice for Imo Yokan, a Japanese jelly cake made with sweet potato, agar and sugar. Japanese Purple Sweet potatoes are commonly dried and turned into powder for use as a natural food coloring. Like any potato, store Japanese Purple Sweet potatoes in a cool, dry place, but keep in mind that they have a shorter shelf life, lasting around two weeks.
All varieties of sweet potato are valued in Japan as a healthy starch, and they are used in a range of applications. A popular traditional alcoholic beverage in Japan called Imo-shochu is derived from sweet potatoes, and versions of the drink made with Japanese Purple Sweet potatoes offer tasting notes of wine and yogurt.
The first sweet potatoes were brought from China to Japan in the 1600s, and have been a staple food since the 1700s. Cultivation and breeding techniques have led to many different varieties being developed over the centuries. Japanese Purple Sweet potatoes have been propagated since around the 1980s, are the result of careful breeding. Today they are commonly grown in Kagoshima and Kyushu Prefectures in Japan.
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Specialty ProduceNear San Diego, California, United States
1929 Hancock St
About 94 days ago, 1/18/18
Spotter's comments : Purple Japanese Sweet Potato spotted at Specialty Produce.
Leucadia farmers market
Farmer Hamlow RanchesNear Rancho Santa Fe, California, United States
Denair, CA 95316
About 98 days ago, 1/14/18
Spotter's comments : Purple Japanese Sweet Potato spotted at Leucadia farmers market .