Preserving sweetpotato [Ipomoea batatas L. (Lam.)] tubers under traditional storage methods in Swaziland. (161)

Authors

  • E.M. Ossom Crop Production Department, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Swaziland, Private Bag Luyengo, Luyengo M205, Swaziland
  • M.H. Nxumalo Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives, Malkerns Research Station, P.O. Box 2, Malkerns M204, Swaziland
  • F.M. Badejo Home Economics Department, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Swaziland, Private Bag Luyengo, Luyengo M205, Swaziland, and
  • R.L. Rhykerd Department of Agriculture, Illinois State University, Normal, IL 61790-5020, U.S.A.

Keywords:

Shelf life, storage roots, sweetpotato preservation, sweetpotato storage, traditional storage methods, tuber storage

Abstract

Sweetpotato [Ipomoea batatas (L.) Lam.] is a staple crop in Swaziland; its preservation is a major problem for farmers. If a suitable storage method could be identified, this situation would be greatly ameliorated. This investigation was conducted to determine which traditional storage method would best prolong the shelf life of sweetpotato and be acceptable to consumers. Sweetpotato was grown for 20 weeks as a monocrop and in association with three pulses: groundnut (Arachis hypogaea L.), field bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L.) and cowpea (Vigna unguiculata L.).

Issue

Section

Research Papers