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Ube is a purple yam native to Southeast Asia whose glimmering purple center, mild, sweet flavor, and coconut-like aroma have made it a popular ingredient in traditional Filipino sweets. Across the U.S., chefs are using ube to give color and character to everything from cocktails to cakes and even hamburger buns.

Alumna Alexandra Domrongchai writes about the bright purple yam, which has deep roots in the Philippines, in Food & Wine.

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