A wide variety of roots and tubers play a significant role in the human diet, animal feed, and industrial raw materials. OFSP has been established to play an immense role in the human diet. It is considered a second staple food in developed and underdeveloped countries. Sweet potatoes produce more edible energy per hectare per day than wheat, rice, or cassava. They are reliable sources of carbohydrates, fibre, and micronutrients. The leaves and shoots, which are also edible, are awesome sources of vitamins A, C, and B (Riboflavin).
Orange-fleshed sweet potato is an important source of beta-carotene (the precursor to Vitamin A). Just 125 g of fresh roots from most orange-fleshed varieties contain enough beta-carotene to provide the daily pro-vitamin A needs of a preschooler. This is particularly important in Sub Saharan Africa and Asia where vitamin A deficiency is a leading cause of blindness, disease, and premature death among children under five and pregnant women.
Orange fleshed sweet potatoes are worth considering as part of your diet because they are loaded with vitamins, minerals, fibre, and phytonutrients that can bolster your mind and body. Orange‐fleshed sweet potato (OFSP) has been attracting food technologists and nutritionists due to its high content of carotenoids and pleasant sensory characteristics with colour.
If you are curious about growing them on your own, keep in mind that they do best in a sunny vegetable garden even though they can also thrive in other areas of your outdoor space. They can even act as a temporary groundcover or function as a trailing houseplant.
Sweet potatoes are also remarkably nutritious and versatile; each fleshy root is rich in vitamins A and C, along with many important minerals. Use them raw, boiled, or baked, in soups, casseroles, desserts, loaves of bread, or stir-fries — and do not forget to try some homemade sweet potato fries!
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