Ube Ice Cream, also know in the Philippines as “Dirty” Ice Cream, is made of a purple root vegetable, likened to a yam or a sweet potato, that can be mashed or pureed and incorporated into many kinds of sweet treats!
When we arrived in Coron we saw many people selling it on the streets but we were afraid of trying it out because we did not want to end our trip through the Philippines with tummy ache so we tried it for the first time in a restaurant for 60 PHP.
We loved it so much that soon we were eating it every time me saw someone selling it on a corner. I have to say that the ones on the street are way better than the ones on the restaurants and are much cheaper – 10 PHP each!
BUT WHAT IS UBE?
Ube (pronounced OO-BEH), is not an exotic ingredient in the Philippines, but a common everyday ingredient that you can find on most grocery stores near other cooking vegetables.
Visually it seems a lot like a sweet potato and the only difference is its deep purple color and maybe its size. This vegetable is used to make everything from cakes, to cheesecakes, to flans, to candy and ice cream.
Yams in general are very healthy but because ube yams are purple inside they also contain a lot more antioxidants than regular yams. Plus ube yams contain lots of minerals, vitamin A and C, and many more healing agents. If you want to know more about the benefits of eating Ube you can read it here! But don’t forget that the sugar added to ube desserts make them not so healthy!!!
I have some difficulty describing the taste of Ube Ice Cream. I could say that is a mixture of vanilla…maybe a touch of cinnamon…and a little bit of hazelnut???…I really don’t know. The only thing I can say is that it’s wonderful!
We could not have enough of it. It tasted so good to eat it under the blazing sun! We are really sad that we can’t find this vegetable in our supermarkets because if we did we would eat ube ice cream everyday! Yeah…Maybe it is best that we don’t find it anywhere!!!
But if you visit the Philippines please, do yourself a favor, and try the street “Dirty” Ice Cream!
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