Country of origin: Egypt
Sweet potatoes are a very tasty and nutritious vegetable. It is saturated with essential vitamins and nutrients, and its sweet taste adds great appeal to eating. Although their names are similar to regular white potatoes, sweet potatoes are completely different from them. sweet potato are not closely related to white potatoes, and are considered part of a root vegetable, as their root is eaten, while white potatoes come in the form of tubers.
Egypt annually cultivates about 31,000 feddans of sweet potatoes, and produces about 450,000 tons of sweet potatoes annually. Exporting companies expect that the season for exporting sweet potatoes this year will be exceptional in terms of quantities and returns, supported by the decrease in cultivated areas and production, and the high demand for the Egyptian product in Europe. Statistics show that Egyptian sweet potato exports rose during the first 10 months of the current export season to 97 thousand tons, at a value of $47 million. $38.5 million was achieved during the same period of the previous export season. England is the largest importer of sweet potatoes from Egypt, followed by Poland.
The most important countries importing sweet potatoes from Egypt
The sweet potato export season usually begins in mid-July every year and will continue until the end of January next year.
Exports of the crop are improving this year, as the quantities exported during the first ten months of the current export season, which extends from September to August of the following year, increased to 97 thousand tons, with a value of $47 million. This represents a growth of 18.2% in volumes and 22% in revenues compared to the same period of the previous season.
The majority of Egyptian sweet potato exports go to European markets, specifically England as the largest importer of this product from Egypt, followed by Poland, which re-exports it to the rest of Europe.
Sweet Potato Types
It is a common item sold in stores. This potato has an attractive red skin, while its inner flesh is orange. It has a deliciously sweet flavour, and a soft and moist texture. Its puree can be used to prepare many types of pies. You can also peel it, cut it into fingers, and then fry it, as it will retain its distinctive texture during the frying process.
These potatoes have a golden, copper-like skin, and their flesh is bright orange in color. It is similar to Beauregard, but has a stronger flavor and smoother texture. The Beauregard variety is superior in sweetness to the Al Jawahar potato, although it is an attractive option due to its distinct advantages.
It is distinguished by its reddish-orange skin. Although its interior is orange in color, its flavor is more salty than other potato varieties. However, its texture is soft due to the high level of moisture inside it. It has a distinctive earthy flavor, and its leaves can be eaten, and its flavor is similar to spinach.
It has an orange peel with dark brown spots. It has a moist and somewhat oily texture, offering a balanced flavor between sweetness and saltiness. It is used in preparing a variety of dishes and desserts, and it can be prepared by baking it in the oven after peeling and cutting it.
It comes with a red skin and an orange interior. They have a sweeter taste than Beauregard potatoes, and are very moist on the inside. It is used in preparing soups and stews, as well as being baked in the oven.
It has an orange-copper peel color, and a light orange interior. It has a moist texture and sweet flavor. It can be prepared by cutting it into fingers and frying it, or roasting it in the oven.
Potato or Henry:
It has a creamy or beige skin, and offers a slightly sweet flavor. It has a more solid texture than other types, and it can be prepared in various ways, such as boiling, mashing, baking in the oven, or frying it, and using it to prepare stews and soups.
Benefits of sweet potatoes
Raw sweet potatoes pack a wealth of simple starches and complex carbohydrates. The benefits are not limited to that, as these vegetables contain a rich percentage of beta-carotene and dietary fiber, in addition to manganese, vitamin B5, vitamin B6, and many other nutrients. Dark orange sweet potato varieties stand out for their higher beta-carotene content. Sweet potatoes carry benefits of utmost importance for the health of the body. This is evidenced by the following points:
- Improve Digestion:
Sweet potatoes are rich in fiber, which exceeds that of white potatoes. These fibers, in addition to their sweet taste, contribute to facilitating digestion. Thanks to the excellent amounts of magnesium it contains, sweet potatoes are useful for improving and facilitating digestion. Not only that, but it is considered easy to digest, suitable for the stomach and intestines, and promotes the health of the digestive system in general. In addition, fiber feeds the beneficial bacteria in the gut, which contributes to the overall health of the digestive system.
- Reducing the occurrence of infections:
Sweet potatoes are a powerful source of anti-inflammatory compounds, which are produced thanks to the presence of compounds such as beta-carotene, anthocyanins, vitamin C and magnesium. These compounds have been shown to have anti-cancer effects and boost the immune system.
- Treating Bronchitis:
Sweet potato’s body-warming effect is believed to be due to its sweet taste and the potent nutritional compounds it carries, which affect body temperature. This property is especially useful for people suffering from bronchitis, as sweet potatoes contain vitamin C, iron, and other nutrients that soothe and treat this condition.
- Reducing cholesterol and blood sugar levels:
Studies have shown that taking sweet potato extract over a period of 12 weeks can reduce the cumulative glucose level (HbA1c) and fasting glucose level, as well as reduce the level of total cholesterol in cases of type 2 diabetes. However, the study noted that this type of sweet potato did not lower triglyceride levels.
The role of AR in helping you export sweet potatoes
AR import export company is a leading company in the field of exporting agricultural products. This company provides integrated services that include searching for suitable markets, marketing and promotion, negotiation and contracting, packaging, transportation and shipping, customs clearance and insurance, and after-sales follow-up. This company aims to achieve customer satisfaction and increase their income by providing high quality products and competitive prices.
If you grow sweet potatoes, AR Trading company will help you export them to markets that need this product