African Journal of Biotechnology

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Towards the development of sweet potato-based couscous for human consumption in Benin

CF Kpomasse, SW Padonou, JL Ahounou, P Houssou


Sweet potato processing and consumption patterns are very limited in Benin. The present study aimed to suggest a new utilization of the crop as food. Roots from a white flesh variety were processed into flour and later into couscous. This couscous was steam-cooked following the same procedure as a wheat-based couscous purchased in market. The foods obtained were submitted to panellists’ appreciation. Although significant differences were observed between wheat-based couscous and sweet potato-based couscous regarding the colour and the flavour, the mean score obtained by the later couscous showed that the product was acceptable to good sensory quality. 

Keywords: Sweet potato, couscous, sensory quality.

African Journal of Biotechnology, Vol 13(43) 4165-4168
AJOL African Journals Online