The Protein Enriched Camote / Sweet Potato

Camote is considered the World’s Healthiest food. Read the Camote Health Benefits, The World’s Healthiest Food. However, camote is not a rich protein source.

I read from the BAR Research and Development Digest (April – June 2005 issue), the healthy camote can be healthier. Camote could be a rich protein source. It is not a genetically modified organisms and it is not dependent on variety either. It can be a rich protein source by means of fermentation.

It is stated that fermented camote is good for raising hogs and tilapia and resulted in a significant lower inputs.

I am interested on how it can be done. How to ferment sweet potato. I spent several hours searching an found only the possible microorganisms. At least I found a hint.

In a study of AK Onifade, HN Atum and TT Adebolu  – Nutrient Enrichment of Sweet Potato (Ipomoea batatas L.) by Solid Substrate Fermentation Using four fungal species.

The four fungal species used are:
– Aspergillus niger
– Rhizopus stolonifer
– Neurospora sitophila
– Saccharomyces cerevisiae

The protein content of the samples increased significantly (p£0.05) from 2.34±0.07% in the unfermented tuber to values ranging from 11.46±0.01 and 12.62±0.09% in the fermented tuber and 6.26±0.05% in the unfermented flour to values ranging from 7.83±0.06 and 9.70± 0.02 in the fermented flour. Aspergillus niger seemed to be the best microorganisms for fermented camote.

camote cubes


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