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WANTED: Purple sweet potato

Posted by wpirvine z10CA (My Page) on
Fri, Dec 3, 04 at 4:50

Any one has a sweet potato with purple flesh? I have some Han Choi seeds to trade.

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RE: WANTED: Purple sweet potato

I saw some of these for sale this spring at an oriental grocery in Nashville TN. I bought a small one to sprout, but it rotted rather instead. Then I read in VEGETABLES, AMARANTH TO ZUCCHINI that the oriental sweet potatoes are often treated with a sprout inhibitor. Next visit to the store, there were no more purple ones, but I bought a tan-skinned white fleshed one, and it sprouted just fine. The white fleshed ones are more traditional in the south anyway, it probably wasn't shipped from as far away. I did get some yellow sweet potatoes from a neighbor in TN years ago that had some purple veins running in them. I think they were from a strain that had been grown for a long time and had done some mutating. The deep orange strains have to be rouged every few years as they want to sport back to yellow.

RE: WANTED: Purple sweet potato

The sweet potato you are looking for is called UBE. (pronounced oo-bey)
Good luck finding it.
You may want to check Filipino stores as that is what they make desserts out of.

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