Right before our family left Germany I was browsing the veggie section when I came across a peculiar potato…it was purple! Of course, being the adventurous eater that I am, I snagged that sucker and I ran to the cash register. When I got home, I stuck it in the microwave and…
Gross. It was dry. Sweet-ish. It tasted like lavender but with anti-perspirant mixed in. So weird. So dry. I felt like I had eaten a tongue scraper.
So let’s fast-forward to now. After leaving Germany, traveling through the States, and arriving over the ocean in Okinawa, I am greeted by none other than the PURPLE POTATO!!!
I have to admit, my heart skipped a beat. The purple sweet potato, legend has it, actually came from the Americas at some point between 1492 and 1605. I know. That’s a whole lotta time for a sweet potato to travel. Apparently it grows really well in volcanic soil. It also traveled via the Polynesians to Hawaii, where it apparently is also a popular food. I’ve never been to Hawaii, but I will go in the near future!
Anywho, the purple sweet potato became a staple in Okinawan cuisine, and according to this article Dr. Oz says it can improve your blood sugar, is antibacterial/antifungal, and are crazy high in antioxydants…150% more than blueberries! Crazy. And if you’re not a fan of Dr. Oz, that’s on you. I love his books, spank you very much.)
So I found a sweet treat that seems to be quite popular here in Oki called a “tarte cake”. The one I tried is called a “Benimo Tarte”. I guess “Benimo” refers to the purple sweet potato. I picked it up, tried it out and…
The tart part was a little weird for my Western palate, I must admit. Plus, I watch my calories pretty closely, so I wasn’t willing to waste any on something I wasn’t nuts about. However, the “benimo” part was pretty good. Thus, it inspired me to write this little post. Maybe I’ll test out some recipes with the benimo (purple sweet potato), and even try out some benimo ice cream and tell you about it.
What would you like to know about the purple sweet potato? What do you KNOW about the purple sweet potato? I’d love for you to share! Please post your comments below or feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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