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Food security, in fact, food inse-
curity is one of the greatest
challenges facing the world.
And concerns have ben raised about
the huge food import bill that T&T
incurs, some $4 billion annually
Is it our taste for things foreign
or do we lack the will to grow and
eat more of the 149 crops that can
be cultivated in T&T, or both?
We have been blessed with excel-
lent environmental conditions in
which some crops like tomatoes, let-
tuce, herbs can be grown literally
anywhere---be it your balcony, porch,
gallery, back or front yard.
Why not experience the joy of
eating, literally, the fruits of your
labour and reaping the rewards of
your healthy home-grown produce
by saving some dollars.
This series Food for Thought seeks
to educate and inform about some
of these crops.
The Ministry of Food Production s
website has two informative charts
that show the 84 fruits and 65 veg-
etables, root crops and herbs that
are grown here.
There are also downloads that
provide detailed information on the
Ministry of Food Production s web-
site, in this case for sweet potato,
Sweet potato (scientific
batatas) is a com-
mon tuber crop that originated in
the tropics (Latin America s Yucatan
peninsula and the Caribbean).
One of many provision or blue
food , root and tuber crops like sweet
potato provide a major source of
carbohydrates on a global scale.
Strictly speaking, a tuber is an
underground stem that stores food.
Given the selection of root and tuber
crops available, sweet potato ranks
very high owing to its adaptability
and short growing period (three-
Sweet potatoes are very starchy
(40-70 per cent) and contain up to
11 per cent protein and beta-
As shown in the table on Page
in the available
Sweet potato is one of the staples
on our food import bill here in T&T.
We can make our individual contri-
bution to reduce our external needs
by utilising resources readily available
The Ministry of Agriculture, Land
and Fisheries website link noted
above provides all the details to
source, plant and care for your crop
from planting to harvest.
There are many easy ways to start
your very own personal sweet potato
crop, which requires very little effort
and space to bear.
You can plant stem cuttings from
the garden shop or use a cutting
from your raw cooking material for
But how can a root grow a whole
new plant? Sweet potato is one of
a few tuberous roots that has the
capacity to form shoots from the
root tuber under the right conditions.
To start growing sweet potato
from your market purchase
• Simply place the cut surface of
your sweet potato in a bowl semi-
filled with water.
• Leave on a window ledge or in
a sunny spot changing the water
every few days. Roots and shoots
should emerge after a few weeks.
• The sprouts can be placed in
cups or jars of water to root (usually
three-five days) before planting in
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SUNDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2015
2 sweet potatoes, peeled
and sliced like steak fries, 2
tablespoons olive oil, salt
and pepper, add whatever
other seasoning you like.
Pre-heat oven to 425
degrees. In a large mixing
bowl, sprinkle oil over the
wedges, add seasoning mix
and toss to cover the fries.
Place fries in one even
layer cookie sheet.
Bake ten minutes, turn
and bake ten more minutes.
4 med sweet potatoes; 1 cup
feta cheese crumbled; 1 tbs
coconut/olive oil; 1/4 cup
unsweet almond or regular milk;
2 cups lightly seasoned cooked
spinach; 1 small onion diced;
Fresh ground pepper & salt.
Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
Place washed potatoes on
baking sheet and bake until
tender (45 min); Place oil (of
choice) in skillet, add chopped
onions and cook on med- low
fire, (6-8 min). Add cooked
spinach to pan (to reheat
slightly) and add the almond
milk to moisten.
Set aside and keep warm;
when potatoes are tender, make
a slit on the top with a knife.
Using a clean towel, squeeze the
both ends to smash a bit thus
creating an opening. Add equal
portions of spinach and feta to
each sweet potato; re-season
with a pinch of salt and pepper
and place again in the oven for
about ten minutes.
Recipe courtesy Chef Bianca
SWEET POTATO WEDGES/FRIES
SPINACH AND FETA, TWICE-BAKED SWEET POTATO
Continues on Page A28
There are easy ways to start
your own sweet potato crop,
which requires very little effort
and space to bear. You can plant
stem cuttings from the garden
shop or use a cutting from your
raw cooking material for a start.
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