Sweet Potato… the perfect plant, ideal food and much more…
Growing predominantly in the United States, the sweet potato is rapidly gaining enormous popularity on the European market. The world statistics are showing exponential trade developments.
Initial imports have reached England in previous decades and slowly extended from there to the Netherlands and further on the European continent.
The name suggests a relationship to the regular potato, which is a misleading circumstance. The sweet potato is in reality a tuber, a totally different plant and not related in any way to the common and well-known potato.
- The Growing Regions
Wildly spread in the United States, the sweet potato is produce commercially in North Carolina, South Carolina, Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama and more recently in Florida with considerable success.
In Europe, the main region of sweet potato growth is in Spain. Also the Dutch farmers in Netherland are trying their lucky recently with this plant as well.
Several varieties show large differences in their growing conditions and qualities.
Far superior to the regular potatoes, the sweet potatoes display a much lower glycemic values and is a safe nutrition even more diabetics. The vitamin content, minerals and fiber make this tuber a primordial healthy staple for a scientific modern nutrition.
Its popularity however continues growing due to its taste and flavor as well as its enormous potentials in the kitchen. It must be observed that the name of sweet potato is misleading again in the matter of suggested sugar content. The carbohydrates in the tuber are so well packed in their natural accompanying enzymes (AE) that the impact on the blood sugar level and with it on the pancreatic functions can be realistically ignored even by a carbohydrate restricted diet.
- The green plant
Contrary to regular potatoes, where the exterior (green) parts of the plants is toxic, the leaves and vine of the sweet potato are in fact an excellent green vegetable of superior quality to any lettuce, spinach or even kale.
As animal fodder the entire plant is of enormous value.
- Cultivation Benefits
Growing sweet potatoes in today’s over-stressed ecological systems is a contribution of rare importance in the reduction of CO2 which is responsible today for the global warming and the greenhouse effects, with all known political and geoclimatic consequences.
The sweet potato shows the highest values of absorption of CO2 from the atmosphere and transforming it into sugar. Simply put… the more sweet potatoes we grow, the more CO2 reduction will be reached and the more nutrition we will offer to the hungry world.
In addition to CO2, the sweet potato conserves a substantial amount of water, so precious in many parts of the world today, growing contently in quite dry conditions and if the food factors, the environmental benefits and the water saving capabilities of this marvelous plant are not in themselves extraordinary enough already, then let us go for the next and ultimate step, capable of shocking with amazement even the most skeptical of scientist… the bio energy delivery.
- Energy Tuber
The world transforming bio-energy, the creation of fuel on the farmer’s field, was initiated with corn and soy some time ago. The problems however facing these biofuels will always be the elevated CO2 emission and excessive water consumption needed to grow these plants.
Corn and soy cannot be grown without major geoclimatic restrictions. The energy created by these plants cannot compete pricewise with the traditional obtained one. The idea is great… the reality however imposes major restrictions. Compared with corn however, the sweet potato will yield per acre considerably more energy and this to a fraction of the cost.
At 350-450 gallons of fuel per acre produce from corn, the 1800-1900 gallons per acre of fuel from sweet potatoes appears like an impossible dream for the energy experts. Adding to the above numbers, the CO2 reduction, the water conservation and the tolerance of the plant to adverse growing conditions, render the bottom-line too good to be true.
Let us continue to add to the above benefits the animal fodder remaining after the fuel extraction and the highly nutritional green plant for human and animal food with the result that the bottomline is positively off the charts.
The only question remains why try to grow anything else?
This is the plant of the future, giving us all the benefits we can imagine…
- Perfect staple for human health diet
- Best animal fodder
- Fuel to drive
- Atmospheric purification
- Water conservation
- And even a superior ethanol to be enjoyed in moderation
- Our Contribution
The European community imports prevalently the variety of Covington from North Carolina and some Beauregard from the southern parts of the United States.
The variety of Hernandez has its origin from more of the tropical areas such as Honduras and other warm regions and appears to gain more market shares on the European continent presently.
With the help of our experts, we at ITA (Iberia Trade Association) are introducing now, for the growing in the Spain and the distribution in the EU, the ultimate variety of the sweet potato named Charleston variety.
In quality this variety will supersede the Covington and others by a great margin. This new sweet potato is bound to revolutionize the consumption of this wonderful food in the years to come.
We are proud and feel extremely fortunate to present to the European market the new super star of the modern nutrition… the Charleston Sweet Potato.
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