Ube Ice Cream: The star ingredient is ube (pronounced OO-BAE), a purple yam that can be mashed or pureed and incorporated into sweet treats. Think ube ice cream, pudding, frosting, doughnuts, even pop tarts.
If we placed a bowl of new, purple Trader Joe’s Ube Ice Cream in front of you, what flavor would you guess it is? Grape? Maybe blackberry? If you were to guess “Yam,” you’d be right!
Some might be surprised, but those familiar with Ube[OO-beh]—the name purple yams are known by in the Philippines—know that it’s a very popular flavor in jams, cakes, candies…and ice cream! It’s sweet & nutty-tasting, with hints of an almost coconut-like flavor; some liken it to a cross between vanilla & pistachio. We use real ube purée, and you can rest easy knowing that its purple hue is from naturally derived ingredients, like grape extract & beet juice.
You know what else is naturally derived? The pure joy you’ll experience as you devour your first scoop. We’re selling pints of this limited-edition indulgence for $2.99 each.
But can it really healthy-up your favorite dessert?
Ube is in the same family as root veggies like sweet potatoes and yuca, and has long been a staple in the Philippines. With a nutrient profile similar to orange-colored yams, one cup of ube contains almost 40 grams of carbohydrates (5 of which are dietary fiber), some protein (roughly 2 grams per cup), and no fat. And like the more common yams, ube is packed with immune-supporting vitamins A and C, as well as potassium, a mineral that acts as a natural de-bloater, and helps regulate heart function and blood pressure, and prevent muscle cramps.
But ube’s purple pigment provides unique antioxidants: A study published in the journal Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry found that purple yams from the Philippines contain several antioxidants, including anthocyanins, which have been linked to anti-inflammatory effects, brain health, and protection against heart disease and cancer.
Anthocyanins may also have some fat-fighting potential. In a recent Japanese study, published in Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, researchers fed groups of mice a fatty diet with and without anthocyanins. The mice given anthocyanins didn’t gain body weight or body fat, and didn’t experience a rise in blood sugar, insulin, and blood fats. Researchers concluded that anthocyanins may act as a “functional food component” that offers protection against obesity and diabetes.
This is all good news, but it doesn’t exactly mean you should feast on unlimited ube treats, of course. While ube desserts can be made with nutritious, plant-based add-ins, like coconut or almond milk, other recipes use ingredients like sweetened condensed milk. And a purple yam wrapped around a pastry crust made from refined carbs and sugar definitely doesn’t qualify as health food. Plus, any time you eat more carbs than your body can use for fuel, the surplus can prevent weight loss or lead to weight gain, even when the carbs are bundled with fiber and antioxidants.
What Flavor Is Ube Ice Cream?
While ube is technically a tuber, just like a potato, its flavor is less savory. Ponseca describes the taste of the purple yam as an amalgamation of vanilla with the nuttiness of pistachio. But the flavor is quite gentle and not too intense.
Is Ube Sweet Potato?
The three main types of purple flesh sweet potatoes consumed in the U.S. are Stokes Purple® sweet potatoes, Okinawan sweet potatoes, and Ube (pronounced OO-beh). … (And no, a yam is not the same as a sweet potato either, but that’s a whole other story.)
Are Ube And Taro The Same?
Short and simple answer – no, they’re not the same. Elaborate answer: Ube, also known as purple yam, is a tuberous root vegetable. Taro is also a root vegetable known as gabi in the Philippines.
Where Is Ube Ice Cream From?
It’s sweet & nutty-tasting, with hints of an almost coconut-like flavor; some liken it to a cross between vanilla & pistachio. We use real ube purée, and you can rest easy knowing that its purple hue is from naturally derived ingredients, like grape extract & beet juice.