Ube Jam Shortage - Nuns Restrict Purchase to 2 Jars Per Person

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Ube jam, a purple yam delicacy, is a traditional Filipino dessert loved by the locals. With the help of the Internet, foreign visitors who are lining up for a chance to satisfy their craving for exotic sweets, can now obtain detailed information on ube jam at a brand new website, UbeJam.com.

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At the Good Shepherd Convent in Baguio City, a tourist destination and Philippines’ summer capital, Ube Jam is prepared by a group of cooking nuns. There always seems to be an obnoxiously long line at The Shepherd store, where people are allowed to buy a maximum of 2 jars at time. Due to the dessert's increasing popularity among international visitors, the imposed shortage can prove quite a disappointment. However, in the interest of providing foreign guests with in-depth information, including historical background and nutritional value on this Filipino delight, a brand new website called UbeJam.com is up for viewing and even provides recipes for those who love to experiment.

There are two places in the Philippines where Ube jam is made; Baguio, a city north of Luzon, and the home of the Chocolate Hills, Bohol, further to the south. Ube Jam, or otherwise known as Purple Yam, is a Filipino delicacy; though “jam” may not be entirely the right word to describe what it truly is. UbeJam.com is a site dedicated to this exotic dessert made famous in the Philippines and is now live and ready for viewing.

The locals call it Halaya, a word derived from “jalea” or the Spanish for “jelly”. This unusual dessert is often prepared by the elderly, or those who are familiar with the traditional way of preparing it.

Ube, as it is called in Philippines, is a root crop mixed with milk and sugar, so technically it is more of a pudding rather than a jam.

Another tourist destination, Bohol, is famous for its many sights and sounds such as the Chocolate Hills, but equally so, for its purple yam. They say the locals have long perfected their recipes. Tasting ube jam prepared by a Boholano is a guaranteed treat.

UbeJam.com offers more in-depth information on this Filipino delight, including recipes and several of its health benefits.

Head to http://www.UbeJam.com for more.


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