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Jan 29, 2011 01:33 PM

Sweet Purple Potatoes

Anyone know where to buy Sweet Purple Potatoes? Not to be confused with the Peruvian Purple Potatoes that you can find at the Farmer's Market. Apparently these elusive potatoes are delicious and sweeter than the yellow sweet potatoes.

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  1. Eataly

    200 5th Ave, New York, NY 10010

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    1. re: AubWah

      Wow, that was super fast! Thank you.... will check it out tonight.

    2. Many Japanese/Asian markets have them, as they are also termed "Japanese Sweet Potatoes." THey can be found at the Columbus Circle Whole Foods or Westerley Market/

      1. I just posted a few weeks ago asking the same question because I was getting them in Chinatown last month, but wanted to see where I could get them now. Good to know. They're amazing! They're also called Hawaiian purple yams or Japanese Yams (but not the white ones with the dark skin, although those are really good too).

        1. I've never seen Peruvian potatoes at the farmer's market, but there is a vendor at Union Square on Mondays who sells the deep-red-skinned Asian-style sweet potato and a couple of other varieties. He told me a few weeks ago that he would be there through the winter. I've not been back since on a MOnday so am not sure if he is still at his post.

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          1. re: erica

            Were the red-skinned ones also blackened in places on the outside? Could they be the ones I was looking for in this thread: ?

            1. re: FoodDabbler

              I'm sorry I cannot remember. I do remember t hat they were delicious and that I was very excited to learn that they planned to be there all winter. If I ever get rid of my current cold, I will head down there on a Monday and try to find out more...

              1. re: erica

                Thanks for the tip anyway. I may head to the market myself next Monday. Do you remember the name of the vendor, by any chance, or where his stall tends to be located?

                1. re: FoodDabbler

                  He was located on the west side of the market, on the strip that runs perpendicular to 17th Street. Not only were his potatoes great but he also had some of the lowest prices in the market.

                  1. re: erica

                    Healthway Farm from Highland, New York. They're on the west side of Union Square Greenmarket between 15th and 16th streets. Only there Monday. They have a very interesting selection of potatoes most at one dollar a pound. Last week I tried the Inca Gold ones, two dollars a pound because the seed is much more expensive but well worth it. Try some you'll probably be back for more.

                    Union Square Greenmarket
                    Broadway and E 17th St, New York, NY 10003

                    1. re: BluPlateSpec

                      These are "yams (sweet potatoes)" we're talking about here......the way OP wrote it is confusing I know. I had a similar misunderstanding when I was searching for mine. Purple potatoes are a lot easier to find.

                      1. re: coll

                        Yes, there's a bit of confusion scattered through this thread about what potatoes we're discussing. The OP meant "purple sweet potatoes", not "sweet purple potatoes".

                        In any case, I went to the Union Sq. Greenmarket this morning. The Healthway Farm stand that BluePateSpec mentions carries potatoes mainly (blue and not), not sweet potatoes. They had none today (sweet potatoes), but they said they usually have a few. They do not carry Japanese sweet potatoes of any color. But the person womanning the stand pointed me to "Karl" and said he usually carries them. Karl turned out to be from Race Farms. That stand is surely the one Erica (hope you're feeling better) was pointing me to. They had three varieties of sweet potatoes today, none purple fleshed. But two looked slightly promising in my personal quest (mentioned above). Their cream-fleshed Japanese sweet potatoes had the red-black skin I remembered but not the weird shapes. A variety called Bouergard had the deep orange flesh I remembered but a more orange skin. I bought a couple of each and I just roasted them. Neither is the object of my quest. The Bouergard are sweet, but not perfumed. The Japanese are starchy and not very sweet. My quest continues.

                        1. re: FoodDabbler

                          Sorry about the confusion. I stopped by Healthway farm today and got more Inca Gold potatoes. this time I baked them instead of boiled and the were still outstanding; tasty, creamy and just moist enough.

                          1. re: FoodDabbler

                            HI, Food Dabbler! You are correct. It was Race Farms. I remembered the name when I read your post. But I am so sorry that they were not great...I can't think of where else to go until Lani's and BodhiTree return to the market in the spring..

            2. I just saw Japanese Sweet Potatoes at Barzini's on Broadway near 91st.

              2455 Broadway, New York, NY 10024