Ube ice cream in The Philippines
However, there is one natural color that keeps popping up everywhere. Including in food. And, that’s the color purple. Most of this comes from Ube. Ube ice cream is found all over The Philippines and is really quite good.
What is Ube?
Ube is actually a purple yam, or tuber which has streaks of violet / purple running through it.
This natural food is often cooked, smashed and made into many into many different products. Ice cream, cakes, breads, pies can all be Ube flavored. Which in turn, makes them all a bright purple!
The ube yam itself is large, and looks a lot like any yam. But on close inspection you will see some purple hinting on the outside. Cut it open and it’s got more streaks of purple.
What does Ube taste like?
When cooked, it’s no different to any other yam in taste.
When made into an ice cream, it comes out bright purple and tasting … well … like a yam too!
A strange taste that takes a while to comprehend. It’s not overly sweet, and it’s not often you’ll come across yam or potato flavored ice cream.
But, it’s good!
I’ve tasted various Ube flavored food stuffs. None, come close to Ube ice cream. It’s unique to say the least.
Check out this 5 photograph selection of Ube!
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Ice cream in the Philippines
And, it’s well needed. Ice cream in The Philippines is a terrible disappointment considering the hot climate. Most of the ice cream comes from generic brands like Nestle, and are packed with sugar and artificial everything.
I don’t know if Ube ice cream also has a lot of colorant in it. I hope not. I know the Nestle one does. But for local versions I am hoping it’s all Ube, but have my doubts and think they add purple to it.
On the streets you can often find local homemade ice cream. Usually frozen ice (not the same), with Durian and chocolate flavors being the most popular. Again, not so good as to be called real ice cream.
What is the best ice cream in the Philippines?
The one saving grace for ice cream in the Philippines is Ube. I’ve seen the locally made version and the generic Nestle version. The local one wins. It’s got a real natural taste to it, and is thick and creamy.
So if you ever find yourself in the Philippines, and see a purple container of ice cream, give it a go! It’ll be different, but strangely good!
This is an additional post and one of a series highlighting Filipino food
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