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Keywords:

  • Sweet potato;
  • starch;
  • physicochemical properties;
  • variety;
  • environment

Abstract

Tropical root crops, of which the sweet potato is an important representative, constitute an under exploited resource of developing countries. They can be used as food for both human and animal consumption and their starch is a source of industrial raw material. This review will consider recent reports on sweet potatoes, the physicochemical properties of their starches in comparison with other starches, and the possible causes of variation in these characteristics.