Two Important Commercial Camote Varieties

The LSU Purple and VSP6 are about the two most commercially important sweet potato varieties developed by the Root Crop Research and Training Center based at the Visayas State University in Baybay City, Leyte. 

  
The LSU Purple, also known as NSIC SP25, has about the highest dry matter content of 36 percent, hence it is very tasty when boiled. LSU Purple is also the sweetest with a sugar content of 4.07 percent. Most other varieties only have a sugar content of 2 to 3 percent.
  
Camote roots with high dry matter content are highly suitable for cooking. They don’t easily break up when boiled or when made into banana-cue.
  
The other variety, VSP6, is high-yielding with an average yield of 21.02 tons per hectare. It also has a high dry matter content of 32.90 percent.
  
VSP6 is the most commonly grown variety in Tarlac and other parts of Central Luzon.
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