The Japanese Purple Sweet Potato
It’s 6:30am, I’ve been up for two hours and still feel like I’m slumbering after only 4 hours of sleep. That’s when my client gets my attention by telling me about this wonderful restaurant she went to called Jar and how great the food was, especially the Japanese purple sweet potatoes. Up to this point, I had never heard of this interesting vegetable and made a mental note to myself to reasearch it. Four clients later, I am hearing almost the same story from someone else, and again the subject is the delicious Japanese purple sweet potato. By now I’ve decided that the Universe is telling me that I MUST find out what is so wonderful about this new (to me) food. This is what I found:
The Japanese purple sweet potato is a richly nutritious food. They are fat free, only 140 calories per cup , and have 4 grams of fiber. This little sweet potato is also rich in Vitamin B and C, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, zinc, copper, manganese, and selenium. It has been used medicinally in Japan for treating diabetes. It’s low glycemic index makes it an ideal carbohydrate for carbohydrate-sensitive people and diabetics. The Japanese purple sweet potato is also very high in antioxidants. Antioxidants help prevent cardiovascular disease and cancer, boost immunity, and are anti-inflammatory. The most powerful antioxidants are phytochemicals. Anthocyanins are the phytochemical that gives this sweet potato its rich purple color. Studies have shown that this purple sweet potato has 150% more anthocyanin than blueberries!
Apparently, the Japanese purple sweet potatoes natural sweetness makes them a perfect ingredient for any type of dish. You can bake, boil, fry (like french fries), roast or microwave them and they are used in entrees, side dishes, or desserts.
Now all I have to do is find them….