How To Cook Purple Sweet Potatoes?

Can you eat the skin of purple sweet potato?

Purple sweet potato skins are edible, though some recipes recommend peeling them first.

When cooking, purple sweet potatoes will take longer than regular sweet potatoes.

Can you microwave a purple sweet potato?

Microwave cooking: Wrap in a damp paper towel and microwave on high for 5 to 6 minutes. Can also be steamed, boiled, roasted or fried (note that the drier texture of this potato lends better to high-moisture cooking methods). Caution bakers! Baking soda may turn the purple sweet potato green!

What makes a sweet potato purple?

The primary nutritional benefit, and the one for which Okinawan sweet potatoes are especially prized, is their high antioxidant levels. The antioxidant known as anthocyanin is the pigment which is responsible for the brilliant purple color of the flesh.18 May 2019

Are purple sweet potatoes dry?

White are somewhat like regular baked potato in texture. Baking purple sweet potatoes tends to make them dry and starchy, hard to eat without adding liquid.

When should you not eat sweet potatoes?

Some common traits of bad sweet potatoes are discoloration and growths through the skin. They will begin to get soft and wet (water will leak out) and then turn brown and/or black. If part of the sweet potato goes bad, the whole potato should be thrown out as the flavor is affected.

Is purple sweet potato good for weight loss?

Sweet potatoes are rich in important nutrients, which can help you stay healthy as you lose weight. They are considered as low-glycaemic foods that do not cause an instant spike in blood sugar levels, further helping maintain weight efficiently. The high water content in sweet potatoes makes them great for weight loss.

Is it bad to cook a sweet potato in the microwave?

It’s really the best way. Microwaving sweet potatoes cuts down cook time by 45-55 minutes, and helps maintain nutritional value. Baking a sweet potato in the microwave preserves far more nutrients (folate, vitamins A and C) than boiling it, for example.

Does microwaving a sweet potato kill nutrients?

A: Despite what you might read on the Internet, microwaving your food does not “kill” nutrients. In fact, it can make certain nutrients more available to your body. Boiling leaches the most nutritients out of your food, so with the exception of potatoes, try to avoid boiling your vegetables.

How do you eat purple yams?

  • Place yams in a pot, and cover completely with water. Turn the heat to high and bring water to a boil.
  • Cover the pot, and lower the heat to medium. Allow the yams to simmer for at least 40 minutes.
  • Check for doneness by inserting a fork into a yam. If it is fully cooked, it will easily pierce the yam.

Is there a purple sweet potato?

But not all varieties of purple sweet potatoes are created equal. The three main types of purple-fleshed sweet potatoes consumed in the U.S. are Stokes PurpleĀ® sweet potatoes, Okinawan sweet potatoes, and Ube (pronounced OO-beh). As a matter of fact, one of them is not even a sweet potato at all, but a true yam.

Are purple yams the same as purple sweet potatoes?

Also known as a purple yam, fresh ube has brown, bark-like skin, and flesh that ranges from white with purple specks to lilac. Stokes PurpleĀ® sweet potatoes have purple-tinted skin and violet-purple flesh; Okinawan sweet potatoes have beige skin and lavender-purple flesh.

Which color sweet potato is healthiest?

Studies have compared the antioxidant content of white, cream and purple-fleshed sweet potatoes. One such study, published in Molecular Nutrition and Food Research in June 2013, concluded that purple-fleshed sweet potatoes had the highest overall level of phenolics, antioxidant content and total soluble dietary fiber.