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SPHI Brief 2016: Sweetpotato Greens: Nutritious partners deserving greater attention

Sweetpotato leaves are a well-accepted, nutritious green vegetable in a number of countries around the world, but are underutilized and have limited or no economic value in many places where sweetpotato is grown. Though the beta-carotene in leafy greens is not as bio-available as that found in orange-fleshed sweetpotato (OFSP) roots, sweetpotato greens are do have significant quantities of beta-carotene and lutein, in addition to minerals, vitamins, phytochemicals, fatty acids and dietary fiber that are required for a healthy diet. Promoting commercialization and consumption of sweetpotato leafy greens complements efforts to promote OFSP roots and foster household food and nutrition diversification under the Sweetpotato for Profit and Health Initiative (SPHI).