Hawaiian Purple Sweet Potatoes, or Okinawan Sweet Yams have been used medicinally in Japan for treating diabetes and other modern diseases.
They have a low glycemic index compared to potatoes and it means that even carbohydrate-sensitive people and diabetics can include these good carbs in their diet.
Prepare a large enough area, at least 2-3 m2, digging it over to make it easy for the plant to send down layered roots, wherever it likes and then just wait until the tubers have formed to begin to harvest.
We leave them in the ground until we need them (next week) and then dig enough for the meal.
They cover the ground like well behaved pumpkin, creating a very pleasing matt of leaves with flowers in late Spring and Autumn.
The tubers are buff to white coloured skins with purple flesh.
The amount of purple in the tuber varies with the soil that they inhabit.
They make a great food, a fantastic jam and a really good ice-cream (especially for kids).
While we have collected seed during some seasons they have not been successful so potted cuttings are the only option.
Potted cutting or bare tubers depending on the season.
Due to extreme demand we are currently out of stock of established potted plants.
We have taken as many cuttings as possible from the plants but they have all sold.
We need to rest the parent plants for several months so new stock will not be available until 2017.
PLEASE NOTE: We cannot send live plants outside Australia, to Western Australia or Tasmania.