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Okinawan Purple Sweet Potatoes in San Diego

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Created September 03, 2011 at 7:09 PM

Anybody know where I can find these in San Diego?

6714718e2245e5190017d643a7614157

on February 16, 2012
at 02:25 AM

JuBa thanks for your recommendation to try plantains as a source of safe starch. I bought some last week and now I'm hooked.

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on September 04, 2011
at 04:17 PM

Really! He's also a conventional grower... Oh well.

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on September 04, 2011
at 04:13 PM

I've asked him before when the growing season was and he said he freezes them to sell year round. I wasn't very happy to hear that.

Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on September 04, 2011
at 12:28 AM

I lovelovelove the Japanese sweet potatoes! They're like candy for me - I was roasting with the skin on, sliced, and then had my finger shoved through a roasted without so of course I had to eat it. And.. sold. So this week I peeled, sliced a little thicker than 1/4, roasted at 375 with one flip on a foil lined, and coco sprayed, baking sheet and went to heaven. I love how the texture shifts, so toothsome! YUMMO!

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on September 03, 2011
at 09:41 PM

+1 for Thuan Phat Market!!

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on September 03, 2011
at 08:39 PM

Cool, I'll look for them again. I put my normal "Japanese sweet potatoes" that have purple skin but white flesh in the fridge without ill effects, so it's no inconvenience.

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on September 03, 2011
at 08:26 PM

They have to be prepared a certain way, and I've yet to find the right method that renders them into sweet fluffy goodness :(

Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on September 03, 2011
at 08:21 PM

Yeah but I didn't buy as they were expensive and I didn't know what to do with them, was recently re-introduced a few months ago and I caved and bought some. I think because they go bad so easily that not a lot of places carry them. You can actually fridge these and they don't lose their integrity but not for longer than 5 days. There's an awesome market I go to here in NY that has them but again, quantities are super limited and a wrinkly one is not going to get purchased by me. Gimme fresh! :)

Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on September 03, 2011
at 08:17 PM

A couple of times but I didn't buy - I think because they go bad so easily that not a lot of places carry them. You can actually fridge these and they don't lose their integrity but not for longer than 5 days. There's an awesome market I go to here in NY that has them but again, quantities are super limited and a wrinkly one is not going to get purchased by me.

Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on September 03, 2011
at 08:12 PM

Twice but I didn't buy - I think because they go bad so easily that not a lot of places carry them. You can actually fridge these and they don't lose their integrity but not for longer than 5 days. There's an awesome market I go to here in NY that has them but again, quantities are super limited and a wrinkly one is not going to get purchased.

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on September 03, 2011
at 08:03 PM

I've never seen the purple-fleshed variety at Uwajimaya...have you?

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on September 03, 2011
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I've never seen the purple-fleshed variety at Uwaijimaya...have you?

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on September 03, 2011
at 08:50 PM

All your cheap tuber needs can be found at Thuan Phat market on Ulric & Linda Vista rd. The Okinawan potatoes are $1.69 or $1.29/lb sorry I forgot but they're a lot cheaper here.

There's cassava, taro, japanese white potatoes for only .69/lb! (these are my favorite)

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on September 03, 2011
at 09:41 PM

+1 for Thuan Phat Market!!

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Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on September 03, 2011
at 07:58 PM

Try Lucky Seafood on Mira Mesa - if you've ever been to Seattle it's kind of like Uwajimaya and Ranch 99.

They're definitely different but I like them. It's kinda weird but when you're peeling they leave a sticky residue on the hands, washing gets it off, but it's a bit disconcerting. Steaming or roasting, I've found, are the two best ways to prepare. They're sweet and you can totally make a dessert out of them - easy to go savory or sweet. Good luck!

Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on September 03, 2011
at 08:12 PM

Twice but I didn't buy - I think because they go bad so easily that not a lot of places carry them. You can actually fridge these and they don't lose their integrity but not for longer than 5 days. There's an awesome market I go to here in NY that has them but again, quantities are super limited and a wrinkly one is not going to get purchased.

Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on September 03, 2011
at 08:17 PM

A couple of times but I didn't buy - I think because they go bad so easily that not a lot of places carry them. You can actually fridge these and they don't lose their integrity but not for longer than 5 days. There's an awesome market I go to here in NY that has them but again, quantities are super limited and a wrinkly one is not going to get purchased by me.

Medium avatar

(39831)

on September 03, 2011
at 08:39 PM

Cool, I'll look for them again. I put my normal "Japanese sweet potatoes" that have purple skin but white flesh in the fridge without ill effects, so it's no inconvenience.

Medium avatar

(39831)

on September 03, 2011
at 08:03 PM

I've never seen the purple-fleshed variety at Uwajimaya...have you?

Medium avatar

(39831)

on September 03, 2011
at 08:02 PM

I've never seen the purple-fleshed variety at Uwaijimaya...have you?

Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on September 04, 2011
at 12:28 AM

I lovelovelove the Japanese sweet potatoes! They're like candy for me - I was roasting with the skin on, sliced, and then had my finger shoved through a roasted without so of course I had to eat it. And.. sold. So this week I peeled, sliced a little thicker than 1/4, roasted at 375 with one flip on a foil lined, and coco sprayed, baking sheet and went to heaven. I love how the texture shifts, so toothsome! YUMMO!

Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on September 03, 2011
at 08:21 PM

Yeah but I didn't buy as they were expensive and I didn't know what to do with them, was recently re-introduced a few months ago and I caved and bought some. I think because they go bad so easily that not a lot of places carry them. You can actually fridge these and they don't lose their integrity but not for longer than 5 days. There's an awesome market I go to here in NY that has them but again, quantities are super limited and a wrinkly one is not going to get purchased by me. Gimme fresh! :)

6714718e2245e5190017d643a7614157

on February 16, 2012
at 02:25 AM

JuBa thanks for your recommendation to try plantains as a source of safe starch. I bought some last week and now I'm hooked.

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on November 23, 2012
at 01:42 AM

They have them this week at Sprouts, North County $2.50ish per pound

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6714718e2245e5190017d643a7614157

on January 27, 2012
at 04:29 PM

Have you tried the Ranch 99 market on 7330 Clairemont Mesa Blvd? They should have some there.

http://www.99ranch.com/store_locator_2.php?store_locator_id=20&state_id=12

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584b19d2b6cebc7cdf070b5f8a5a7937

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on September 04, 2011
at 05:18 AM

They pop up on a farmer's table now and then at the Leucadia farmers market (Sun 10-2). I'm going in the morning. I'll chat him up and see about their growing season/if he's going to keep having them or not and get back to you!

Edit: Spoke to him this morning and he said they recently planted them locally, and should harvest them for markets in November.

584b19d2b6cebc7cdf070b5f8a5a7937

(369)

on September 04, 2011
at 04:17 PM

Really! He's also a conventional grower... Oh well.

5e816d3249fd4bceb096d4ae7183df1a

(508)

on September 04, 2011
at 04:13 PM

I've asked him before when the growing season was and he said he freezes them to sell year round. I wasn't very happy to hear that.

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Efc949694a31043bfce9ec86e8235cd7

on September 03, 2011
at 09:41 PM

My mom gets them at Zion Market, the Korean grocery just north of Balboa on Mercury in Kearny Mesa. They look freaky, but taste great! Zion also has great fermented panchan, like kimchi and such!

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on September 03, 2011
at 07:35 PM

I found them at Seaside Market in Cardiff (San Diego adjacent).

FWIW I wasn't really a fan. They were very dry and they have a taste that's hard to describe, but the closest I can come is that they tasted like flowers smell. Much prefer regular sweet potatoes (in case this saves you some driving around).

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

(11157)

on September 03, 2011
at 08:26 PM

They have to be prepared a certain way, and I've yet to find the right method that renders them into sweet fluffy goodness :(

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