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Sweet Potato

Sweet Potato
An Untapped Food Resource

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  • Date Published: March 1992
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521402958

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  • This book reviews the current knowledge about the varied aspects of the sweet potato as a human food and animal feedstuff. In an introductory chapter, the historical spread of the crop from its site of origin in South America is briefly described followed by a general description of the plant and its present production trends. Examination of the chemical composition of the sweet potato and analysis of its nutritional value emphasize the important role that the sweet potato might play in combating vitamin A deficiency diseases. Effects of toxic factors and anti-nutritional components are also considered. Descriptions of curing, storage, and cooking methods are complemented by a discussion of their effects on composition and nutritional value. A description of the ways in which the sweet potato can be processed or incorporated into a wide variety of products will be of particular value to researchers. The use of both roots and vines as animal feed are thoroughly reviewed, followed by a discussion of the possibilities and problems associated with enhanced consumption and utilization.

    • The use of the sweet potato as a foodstuff, in the tropical regions, may prove an important factor in combating malnutrition
    • The sweet potato also has potential as an economically viable product which can be produced by some of the poorest nations in the tropical region
    • Published in association with the International Potato Center in Peru
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "...the author presents a good case for increasing consumption of this vegetable. The book is a comprehensive coverage of the subject, written in a pleasant style that is easily read...an attractive, well-organized book with an assortment of interesting photographs." Jimmie L. Collins, Food Technology

    "...quite valuable to a wide audience, including food and agricultural policymakers, dieticians, extension workers, and agronomists." Judith Fey Thomas, Science Books & Films

    "...no student of roots and tubers should be without this book." New Biological Books

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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 1992
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521402958
    • length: 660 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 41 mm
    • weight: 1.13kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Acknowledgements
    Abbreviations for organizations
    Introduction
    1. Sweet potato - past and present
    2. Chemical composition
    3. The nutritional value of sweet potato roots and leaves
    4. Toxic and anti-nutritional factors
    5. Post-harvest procedures: I. Storage and cooking
    6. Post-harvest procedures: II. Processing
    7. Livestock feeding with sweet potato roots and vines
    8. Consumption and utilization patterns and trends
    Appendix: a selection of sweet potato dishes from around the world
    Index.

  • Author

    Jennifer A. Woolfe

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