I’ve lived in two major areas of the United States with large Filipino populations. As a you befriend members of the Filipino community and sit and dine with them there is one thing you are likely to see and that is the purple yam. The purple yam is naturally healthy but often it is used as the base of many a delicious dessert such as Ube Halaya and more.
According to Healthline.com– This tuberous root vegetable originates from Southeast Asia and is often confused with taro root. An indigenous staple of the Philippines, it’s now cultivated and enjoyed worldwide.
Purple yams have greyish-brown skins and purple flesh, and their texture becomes soft like a potato when cooked.
They have a sweet, nutty flavor and are used in a variety of dishes ranging from sweet to savory.
One of the things that is getting exciting about my church is that is growing more and more multi-cultural including a a growing number of Filipinos so when have food related events I am always excited to try something new to me which is traditional in a culture. This is a popular Filpino treat.
Turon Filipino is a sweet banana spring roll, where the cooking-type banana with a piece of jackfruit are rolled on an eggroll wrapper and fried crispy with sugar glaze.
6-8 pieces ripe bananas, cut in half lengthwise, about 3″length
Cassava Cake is a classic Filipino dessert made from grated cassava or manioc, a woody shrub where the starch that is used to make tapiocaare derived.Being a popular dessert, differentrecipe versions are available for Cassava Cake.