Christopher Ranch announced March 9 that it has added Hawaiian purple sweet potatoes to its product line.
According to the Gilroy, CA-based company, it is already well established with farmers in Hawaii, handling over a half-million pounds of fresh Hawaiian-grown ginger annually, so it was a natural fit to work with them on another Hawaiian crop.
Hawaiian purple sweet potatoes are a member of the morning glory family and are called "Uala" in Hawaiian.Also known as Okinawan potatoes, they are native to the Japanese island of Okinawa, and are believed to have been brought to Hawaii a couple of centuries ago when many Japanese were immigrating to the island.
The sweet potatoes, which are packed in 30-pound cartons, are fat-free and low in calories, high in fiber and loaded with antioxidants. A one-cup serving of Hawaiian purple sweet potatoes has only 115 calories but is packed with four grams of dietary fiber.
The natural sweetness of Hawaiian purple sweet potatoes makes them an ideal ingredient for all types of dishes. They can be baked, boiled, fried, roasted or even microwaved, and are delicious used in entrees, side dishes or desserts.
Chef Neil Murphy of Merriman's Restaurant in Waimea, HI, said in a March 9 press release, "My challenge in working with them was to limit myself. I could have easily made 20 or 30 dishes."