A root crop used mainly in sweet preparations, ube is a favorite flavor of ice cream and for cakes and pastries. It is also added to halo-halo. The plant that bears ube has the scientific name Dioscorea alata. It has heart-shaped leaves.
Featured image: Ube Kalamay Topped with Latik by Angie Pastor. For orders in the Metro Manila area, 09369815475. Kalamay is a confection made with glutinous-rice flour, coconut milk, and sugar. It’s been called “sticky rice cake” in English.
Ube-macapuno cakes come in various shapes and sizes, but they all have it common the awesome pairing of two of the Philippines’ most favored flavors — ube (purple yam) and macapuno (special coconut). The cake in the photo is topped with macapuno strings!