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~Ratalu~ Edible PURPLE YAM Dioscorea Alata ~UBI~ Starter Vine Live Rhizome/Tuber

Price: $14.99


Khoai mỡ tím

Violet Yam, Ube, Ubi, Purple Yam, Khoai mỡ tím

(Dioscorea alata var. violacea)
Dioscorea purpurea

Khoai mỡ is an exotic yam that originates from Asia. The root vegetable has a rough, charcoal-colored skin with a  creamy violet flesh. It is grated and cooked until soft. The texture is unique once cooked. Like many other Buddhist vegetarian dishes, this  ingredient is used to imitate meat. It has some resemblance to pork fat, hence the word 'mỡ', which means 'fat' ('khoai' means 'potato') in Vietnamese.


You are bidding on * live starter tuber with no root systems * inches tall with no leaf, dormant during winter phase for ease of transplant.

  Purple Yam Recipes  

Edible Fruits and Nuts
Tropicals and Tender Perennials
Vines and Climbers

over 40 ft. (12 m)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 °C (20 °F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 °C (25 °F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 °C (30 °F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 °C (35 °F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 °C (40 °F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Fall/Early Winter


Other details:
May be a noxious weed or invasive
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between  waterings
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)
From herbaceous stem cuttings

This vine has a "winged" stem cross  section, -it has very purple leaves and stem when first growing in the  spring. It also makes areal tubercles, - It is a very rare and beautiful  food plant, -the outside of the tuber looks brown like the wild Dioscorea  alata, but the inside of the tuber is very purple .  This Yam is used to make Indian dishes as well as some other cultures, from  other  tropical countries native recipes.

1. Like all the other edible and  medicinal yams, they are related to the Air Potato (Dioscorea bulbifera) and thus have the potential to become  invasive in Florida and similarly mild climates, so each fall be sure to  harvest and eat/plant the aerial tubers.

2. The leaves are NOT eaten unlike  those of the unrelated various Sweet Potato cultivars (Ipomea batatas), just the large underground tubers and aerial tubers.

3. An aerial tuber planted now will lie dormant until late next spring, then  ERUPT into growth when humid heat returns. Totally "Jack and the Freakin'  Beanstalk growth rate!

4. Unlike the ground covering vines of Sweet  Potatoes, the true Yams (Dioscorea species) send their growth UP onto  trellises, fences, trees for support.

5. The true yams have been crucial  staples in the tropics and subtropics for many centuries as they are very  undemanding and productive. An aerial tuber the size of a small egg when  planted can weigh 5 pounds or more when dug up a year later.

6. The true yams are slimy like mega-okra  when sliced raw, but when baked, fried or boiled, the taste and texture  resemble a high quality white potato. They are also very nutritious.

7.  They have few if any pests beyond chronically swampy soil. They are VERY  drought tolerant.

8. While the true yams have the potential to become  invasive if grown carelessly, they are SO very productive, and since VERY  few edible crops we rely on to stay healthy and alive are native to Florida. 

This ultra-rare Filipino 'Ube' purple yam cooking deepens  the purple color. Filipinos also use Ube to make a DELICIOUS lavender ice  cream!



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     All  live plants if shipped bare-root are wrapped  in moist sphagnum moss to ensure the  plant's healthy transit to you. All live plants are  Inspected By USDA Plant Inspectors before they are shipped  to insure you get healthy pest free plants and seeds.

We ship  via USPS Mondays-Wednesday with Delivery confirmation.

        All plant materials are  required by LAW to inspected and certified by USDA prior to  export Hawaii to the US Mainland.

After Inspection, USDA stamps released for  export Hawaii to the US Mainland. All items are delivered to  USDA Inspection Station at Honolulu International airport.

USDA  Certification charge  is included in Shipping and Handling @ $5 fee per item/species.

There  is a packing and custom boxing fee.

Last and usually least is USPS postage (shipping)


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       Please only one Paypal payment. SO THE COMBINED SHIPPING  RULE WILL CAN BE USED. Late or Multiple PayPal payments are  NOT eligible for any discount.

We will ship once a  week - ON or BEFORE WEDNESDAYS, because of the special  stamps needed to ship plants and cuttings to you.  This  can only be done at the Dept. of Agriculture.  If  payments are not met before that MONDAY, your items will be  shipped the following week and lose the combined discount  opportunity. Non-paying bidders may receive negative  feedback and will be reported as an unpaid item to eBay.


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We will combine shipping  for auctions won on the same week paid with same PayPal  payment.

This policy is good  for auction items bought and paid for in the week ending  MONDAY.

We ship on Tuesdays.

Payment must be  received within 4 days of the auction ending. 

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For 2-3 winning  auctions, the combined discount is 10% of the total Shipping  and Handling charges.

For 4-7 winning  auctions, the combined discount is 20% of the total Shipping  and Handling charges.

For 7+ winning  auctions, the combined discount is 30% of the total Shipping  and Handling charges.

As  each order is packed and prepared separately you will pay  the quoted S/H charges individually per item. If you buy the  same species in that item it does calculate out the discount  (i.e.: additional items)

My stores' combined  shipping is built in for same items rather than a varied  selection. Domestic S/H includes postage, USDA certification  and inspection, proper packing and delivery to Airport for  prompt delivery. I can't really change any of these. If you  want one of this and one of that, it is hard to discount  much as each different species requires it's own prep,  packing, then at USDA each has to be unwrapped and inspected  then repacked. USDA requires me to clean and prepare every  last piece before we drive them to the Inspection Station on  the other side of the island. It takes my wife and I, 2-3  days to pack items and get ready to ship. The whole next day  we drive around the island and get inspected (2-3 hours),  then drive to the Airport Post Office to drop off. It takes  the same work with the same type item if you can understand.

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Not every plant that I  order through the mail survives, and I am aware of that and  accept the risk when I order. This is the risk that you as  the buyer accept, because there is no way to know what kind  of conditions it will endure in the trip to your door. My  responsibility ends when a live plant is delivered to your  door. Live arrival is guaranteed, eternal survival is up to  you.

Please Do NOT email me  a week after potting your plant, and make a claim it arrived  damaged. If you repot your plant after delivery, all  warranties are voided and no replacement is offered. All  photos must be as arrived in original condition as received  (in the box and packed as delivered).

If repotted, you are responsible for the condition of the  plant. NO REPLACEMENT WILL BE  CONSIDERED IF YOU HAVE REPOTTED THE PLANT.

From delivery  confirmation, you have only 48 hours from delivery  confirmation to make any claim.

All claims need to be  supported with Photos of the damaged plant(s) as  packed/unpacked, the box if damaged, the packing materials  and any documents. I am very reasonable and understanding,  anything can happen to small plants in transit.

The expense to send it  to you is most of your payment. To send any replacements, I  try to piggy back with your next order.

Replacement is not  an option for CUSTOMS SEIZURE.

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Seller warrants seed to be of the variety and quantity  advertised. Safe delivery is guaranteed and seeds lost or  damaged during shipment will be replaced at seller's  expense. Claims must be made within 7 days of shipment. All  other replacements, refunds, returns and exchanges will be  made at the sole discretion of the seller.

  Seed is a live product which depends on many important related  grower skills such as proper planting time, seed depth, type  of soil, irrigation, proper use of fertilizers, weed  controls, fungicides, insecticides, disease free soil, and  reasonable weather conditions during the growing period.  Germination is affected by such factors as temperature,  moisture content, light intensity and contamination of  planting media. These factors are totally out of the  seller's control and are the buyer's responsibility and  risk. Consequentially, the seller cannot unconditionally  guarantee seed to perform properly regardless of conditions  or the buyer's methods or mistakes.

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Refund will be given as Money back or exchange.
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Restocking fees: No

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