Purple starches have been ingredient staples for centuries. Asian purple starch has light sweetness comparing to American purple starch. One of the best examples is Okinawan sweet purple potato.
They are known as BENI – IMO.
Their skin is sometimes purple, brown or white, but when it is cracked open. It is deeply purple inside. It can be steamed or roasted for a light meal.
In bakery, the purple starch from sweet purple potato is useful. If you go to Okinawa more than 10 minutes, you will see many pastry items with purple texture. You may also see purple soft cream and chips at the corner stores. BENI – IMO not only gives interesting dishes from its powder, but it also has health food supplement.
Okinawa Island is known as the largest proportion of centenarians in the world. Dr. Craig Willcox who spent many years on researching the Okinawan longevity found that “The Okinawans have a low risk of arteriosclerosis and stomach cancer, a very low risk of hormone-dependent cancers, such as breast and prostate cancer. They eat three servings of fish a week, on average ... plenty of whole grains, vegetables and soy products too, more tofu and more konbu seaweed than anyone else in the world, as well as squid and octopus, which are rich in taurine – that could lower cholesterol and blood pressure”.
Their local vegetable, Okinawan sweet purple potatoes are rich in Anthocyanin a parent class of molecule called flavonoids, carotenoids which are beneficial antioxidant. They protect you from disease and enhance the immune system. Anthocyanin suppresses oxygen and LDL cholesterol fusion from oxidization. It could reduce cholesterol and blood pressure which give lower risk from heart and blood diseases. It is also found that substance in sweet purple potato overcome glycation, fusion between sugar and protein in body that affects wrinkles and elderliness.
Phoenix Lava decided to bring the best version of Okinawa longevity to our customers & partners by
DANGO BAO – SWEET PURPLE POTATO
We used 75% of sweet potato into starch and stuff. We adapt to match to city living by co-operating with SCG packaging. Getting EazySteam is beneficial for us. It is convenient for take away even at working place. We hope that everyone will enjoy the healthy DANGO BAO as Okinawan enjoy living for longevity.