Type: Chapter

Use and nutritional value of cassava roots and leaves as a traditional food

Author Aurélie Bechoff

University of Greenwich

Publication date:

12 July 2017

ID: 9781838790509

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Cassava is an important staple crop for the food security of millions of people in developing countries. This chapter examines the strengths and weaknesses of cassava roots and leaves as a source of nutrients, and describes and analyses efforts to promote biofortified varieties of cassava with higher carotenoid levels that could help tackle vitamin A deficiency. The chapter describes in detail the range of products that can be processed from cassava roots and leaves and assesses their nutritional value, as well as analyses the chemical composition of roots and leaves. The chapter includes a case study on the use of biofortified cassava to make two traditional products, gari and fufu, in Nigeria, and suggests future directions that research may take in this area.

Table of contents

1 Introduction
2 Diversity in traditional cassava products
3 Products from cassava roots
4 Products from cassava leaves
5 Chemical composition of cassava roots
6 Chemical composition of cassava leaves
7 Anti-nutrients in roots and leaves
8 Case study: biofortified cassava roots made into gari and fufu in Nigeria
9 Future trends
10 Conclusion
11 Where to look for further information
12 References