'uala Flowers Sweet Potato
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This is Hawaiian 'Uala (Ipomoea batatas), Hawaiian Sweet Potato. 'Uala is one of the canoe plants brought to the Hawaiian Islands by the Ancient Hawaiian settlers. The people of ancient Hawai`i grew about 200 varieties of `uala, but only a few remain in cultivation. In Hawai'i, the cultivation of 'uala has been largely replaced by the Okinawan purple sweet potato (also know as ube), oiginally from southeast asia.
Sweet potatoes are highly nutritious, packed with vitamins and antioxidants (especially if you eat the skin). An old text I found says this about 'uala: He `uala ka `ai ho`ola koke i ka wi. 'The sweet potato is the food that ends famine quickly'.
In old Hawai`i, the cultivation of `uala was one of the few agricultural ventures shared by both men and women. `Uala is planted in mounds, ridges or flat ground, from sea level to 5,000 feet elevation. These plants will grow in areas of poor soil with limited rainfall, but thrive in loamy soil, producing larger tubers where the soil is loose and more porous. They are a drought-resistant vegetable, enjoying plenty of sunshine. One hundred well-tended plants produce about 150 pounds of tubers.
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