Where Can I Buy Purple Yam In South Africa

What is a Purple Yam?

Dioscorea alata – also called purple yam, ube, or greater yam, among many other names – is a species of yam.

The tubers are usually a vivid violet-purple to bright lavender in color, but some range in color from cream to plain white.

Where Can I Buy Purple Yam In South Africa?

Urban Ethnic Market

Address: Shop 8, 309 Pendoring Rd, Blackheath, Randburg, 2195, South Africa

Hours: Open ⋅ Closes 6 pm

Phone: +27 11 678 0554

Fatima Cafe Grocery retail and wholesale

Address: 2 Gutch Rd, Gelvan Park, Gqeberha, 6020, South Africa

Hours: Open ⋅ Closes 10:30 pm


Address: Webber Rd, Germiston South (Industries E A), Germiston, 1401, South Africa

Hours: Open ⋅ Closes 9 pm

Phone: +27 11 825 2713

SPAR Ladybrand

Address: Joubert St, Ladybrand, 9745, South Africa

Hours: Open ⋅ Closes 7 pm

Phone: +27 51 924 2561

What is the local name of purple yam?

Dioscorea alata is a species of yam commonly referred to as purple yam, ube, violet yam, or water yam. This tuberous root vegetable originates from Southeast Asia and is often confused with taro root. An indigenous staple of the Philippines, it’s now cultivated and enjoyed worldwide

Is purple yam in season?

Like other sweet potatoes, the peak season for the purple varieties is during the fall and winter months. They may not be available in every grocery store, depending on where you live. You’ll have the best luck at specialty markets, including those that cater to Asian foods.

How long does purple yam last in the fridge?

Yams have a pretty flexible timeline. They can be used up to a month if stored in a cool, dark, dry space. Any other way, be sure to use it within 1 week. Cooked, they will last in the refrigerator 3–4 days.