The first question you may have is — what in the world is ube and pitaya? Ube, also known as purple yam, is a starchy root vegetable native to Southeast Asia. Ube's flavor is mildly sweet with subtle nutty and earthy undertones, making it perfect for desserts and sweet treats, but it’s also packed with nutritional benefits like fiber, potassium and healthy starch. Pitaya, also known as dragon fruit, is a tropical fruit native to Central America. It has gained popularity around the world for its vibrant appearance, unique texture, and mildly sweet flavor. We often compare the texture and flavor of pitaya to something more universally eaten like a kiwi or a pear.
Both of these unique foods pair perfectly with our japanese matcha. An ube matcha latte is a delicious combination of the light earthiness of matcha and the dense creaminess of ube. Alternatively, a pitaya matcha latte ventures into a more exotic realm, blending the vibrant taste and look of pitaya with the serenity of matcha. These lattes are both a treat for the taste buds and a feast for the eyes — the radiant green of matcha, the saturated purple of ube and bright pink of pitaya make for a delightfully unique drink.
To make these lattes, you'll need a few ingredients (some you may have in your pantry and some you likely won’t) and some simple steps. Here are our basic recipes to get you started:
In both of these recipes, feel free to adjust the ratios of ube & pitaya, matcha, and milk based on your taste preferences. These unique lattes are also delicious topped with whipped cream, coconut shavings or fresh fruit. Enjoy your colorful and delicious creations!