Due to purple yam shortage, Good Shepherd forced to sell ‘white ube jam’

Due to purple yam shortage, Good Shepherd forced to sell ‘white ube jam’

Good Shepherd says their farmers have been struggling to grow ube for the past years. PHOTO FROM RGS PHILIPPINES FACEBOOK PAGE

By CBCP News

September 23, 2019

Manila, Philippines

The shortage of purple yams has pushed the Good Shepherd convent in Baguio City to sell “white ube jam”.

The Religious of the Good Shepherd (RGS) said that ube farmers have been having difficulty growing the purple root crop in recent years “due to climate change”.

“It has been our struggle in recent years to find a stable supply. And in the past weeks there were none,” the RGS said.

However, the convent said that their famous ube jam sports a new look— from white ube.

“Yes, there is such a thing. And it is the available supply at the moment,” they said.

The color may have changed but the nuns assured that its quality remains the same.

“Yes, it is ube jam… It is just as good as the purple one,” the nuns said.

For decades, the convent has been attracting visitors from far and wide with their legendary purple yam jam.

What used to be a rolling store of strawberry jams in the early 1950s grew into what it is today, a large scale social enterprise in food processing.

The nuns put up the business while on a mission to feed orphans under their care and to help fund their other programs.

In 1976, they started producing ube jam which, along with strawberry jam, remained to be a top favorite.

The nuns appealed to the public to give their share in caring for the earth and calling for “climate justice”.

“And let’s do this not only because we love Ube Jam but because we care for our common home,” they said.