What You Should Know About the Purple Sweet Potato

The sweet potato is a popular ingredient in many classic, cool-weather recipes.

The sweet potato is a popular ingredient in many classic, cool-weather recipes. You can stir it into a savory stew to feed a hungry crowd on game day, bake into a family-favorite casserole for a holiday meal, or simply roast a potato and eat it plain. Next time you are at the market buying sweet potatoes, look around and see if you spot something a little different. If you are lucky enough to find a purple sweet potato, it will probably either be a Stokes Purple®or an Okinawan sweet potato. There is a chance it may also be an Ube (pronounced OO-beh) but that is actually a yam, not a sweet potato. Purple sweet potatoes are high in Vitamin C and anthocyanin, thetype of flavonoid (a class of compounds with antioxidant effects) that provides many plants, such as cherries, grapes, and strawberries, with their natural red, purple, and blue coloring.