UBE

ube
purple yam

archaic spelling: ubi


The plant that bears ube has the scientific name Dioscorea alata. It has heart-shaped leaves. Ube is also known in English as water yam or winged yam. On the island of Hawaii, it is known as uhi.


Ube is a very popular flavor in the Philippines. The fruit is used mainly in sweet preparations.  It is a favorite flavor of ice cream and of cake. It is also added to halo-halo.

Ubeng-ube.
Very purple.


Ubeng-ube.
Tastes so much like purple yam.


halayang ube
jam made by boiling purple yam, then mixing it with coconut milk and sugar