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Anyone for sweetpotato ice cream?

Sweet potato ice cream is served to more than 1000 people at the nation’s annual Hort Connections event in Brisbane. The ice cream, developed by Research and Development Corporation Hort Innovation, has a sweet earthy flavor.

According to Bundaberg growing outfit Sweet Potatoes Australia general manager Claire Maslen, producers are continuously looking for ways to diversify their offering to health-conscious Aussies and encourage the consumption of home-grown produce.

“This is an exciting time to be in the sweetpotato industry,” she told “While the root vegetable remains a staple next to the meat and three veg on Aussie dinner plates, it’s also emerging as a versatile basis for chips, baked goods, and now – we never thought we’d see it - ice cream.”

Miss Maslen said any effort to cut food waste is also positive: “The development of this ice cream and other products definitely has the potential to help us use veggies that would traditionally be considered ‘too ugly’ for sale in a fun and interesting way.”

Hort Innovation sweetpotato advocate Samantha Parker said sweetpotatoes are packed with nutrients. “This sweetpotato ice cream contains vitamin B5, which is needed for mental performance and to combat tiredness.”


Photo source: Hort Innovation

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