Use Of Sweet Potato In Africa

Sweet potato is cultivated in different countries of the world. Majority of the people all over the world enjoy the wonderful flavor as well as the health benefits of sweet potato. China is the largest in the production and cultivation of sweet potatoes in the world. Besides, different other countries of the world also consumed sweet potatoes as a stable food. Here in this article we will let you know about the use of sweet potato in Africa.

As we know there are certain varieties of sweet potatoes. The sweet potatoes varieties like yellow or orange tubers are elongated with ends that taper to a point and they are the two main types. The leaves and shoots of the sweet potatoes are also edible yet the most important product is the starchy tuberous roots and people mainly consumed the tuberous roots of sweet potato plant. In some tropical areas, sweet potatoes are a stable food crop. The people of Africa also consumed sweet potatoes as one of their main cuisines.

Talking about the main use of sweet potatoes in Africa, ‘amukeke’ which is usually sun dried slices of sweet potatoes and ‘inginyo’ which is the sun dried crushed of sweet potato are a staple food for the people of in northeastern Uganda. People mainly take amukeke for breakfast and it’s generally eaten along with peanut sauce. People of this place normally consumed this food when they are having a cup of tea in the morning. However, inginyo is mainly mixed with cassava flour as well as with tamarind for making food called "atapa". Generally people take this food with smoked fish cooked in peanut sauce. Atapa is also eaten with dried cowpea leaves cooked in peanut sauce. This is how African sweet potatoes are consumed by the people.

Farming sweet potato in Africa has also increased as many of the African countries consumed as staple food. The young leaves as well as vine tips of sweet potatoes are widely taken as a vegetable in different countries of African such as Guinea, Seirra, Leone & Liberia. People of the northeastern Uganda, East Africa also consumed the young leaves and vine tips of sweet potatoes as a vegetable. This mainly shows the great consumption of sweet potato in Africa.

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