Young Son Travels Far to Buy Rare Gift for Mother’s Day – Ube (Purple Yam) Cake

She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue. She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: “Many women have done excellently, but you surpass them all.” Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. … (Proverbs 31:26-31)

mothers' day gift food haven cakes

I can’t help but be touched by a young Filipino who came to Food Haven yesterday and bought a whole Ube cake.

They live in Oamaru, an hour’s drive from Timaru where Food Haven is located.

Ube or purple yam is popular dessert ingredient in the Philippines. It’s even a staple food for some Filipinos.

For most Filipinos living in New Zealand, having Ube Cake is a special treat.

There’s no doubt that the son’s mother will be overjoyed this Mother’s Day for her son’s thoughtfulness.

I’m very sure that each and every one of us has his or her own way of remembering and appreciating our mothers.

Happy Mother’s Day to all

Additional information about Ube (Dioscorea alata) from Wikipedia:

Purple yam is used in a variety of desserts, as well as a flavor for ice cream, milk, Swiss rolls, tarts, cookies, cakes, and other pastries. In the Philippines, it is known as ube and is often eaten boiled or as a sweetened jam called ube halayá; the latter is a popular ingredient in the iced dessert called halo-halo. In Maharashtra, the stir-fried chips are eaten during religious fasting.[citation needed] Purple yam is an essential ingredient in Undhiyu.[6] Purple yam is a popular dessert in Jaffna, Sri Lanka. (

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