What is tuber?
What Does tuber Mean
The etymological root of tuber is found in the Latin term tubercŭlum . The concept is often used in botany to refer to the widened area of a root or underground stem where the plant stores nutrients.
Tubers are very important for feeding the human being . The potato (also known as potato ), the sweet potato (which, in some countries, is called sweet potato , sweet potato or sweet potato , although not all are exactly the same), the cassava (also called tapioca or yucca ) and the carrot are some of the main tubers that are consumed as food.
The potato, for example, is a native tuber of the American continent. Consumed by local aborigines, Europeans first came across the potato when they first arrived in America . In this way, the tuber traveled to Europe and its consumption spread throughout the world . The potato can be eaten boiled, fried or cooked in the oven, both hot and cold.
The sweet potato, for its part, is native to tropical areas of America . This tuber is also consumed cooked in the oven, fried or boiled but, unlike potatoes, it is also used to make sweet recipes.
As for cassava, it is popular especially in the gastronomy of some Latin American countries . Sometimes it is used to replace the potato.
As with most of the products of the land that we consume daily, tubers provide us with a large number of benefits to take care of our health, such as minerals and vitamins, so that they are ideal for maintaining a balanced diet. Let's see below some of the properties of the best known tubers:
* sweet potato : this food is especially rich in beta-carotene, a nutrient responsible for its orange color, similar to that of carrots. The vitamins that we can obtain from the consumption of this tuber are C and those of group B, mainly folic acid. On the other hand, the sweet potato provides us with minerals such as iron, potassium and manganese. Compared to the potato, it is much easier to digest;
* Sweet Potato : As mentioned above, sweet potato and sweet potato are not exactly the same tuber, and a superficial difference is their color. With regard to the benefits it offers us, we can mention a large amount of nutrients, something that makes it perfect for the diet of children and athletes . Among the vitamins present in its composition we find C, E and those of group B. The minerals are the same as those of the sweet potato and its fat and caloric content is also low;
* potato : it goes without saying that it is the most popular worldwide, largely due to the acceptance that its fried version has had in the market. Of course, if we hope to take advantage of all the benefits of this tuber, we will have to move away from the snack shelves and go to the greengrocer . The potato offers us B vitamins, complex sugars and minerals such as selenium, iron, magnesium and potassium. In an important source of energy , although in this aspect the sweet potato and sweet potato surpass it;
* Beet : this particular tuber is known for the stains it leaves on the clothes of the most clueless , but it is one of the most recommended foods in cases of high cholesterol , thanks to its cleansing properties and its low fat and caloric content. It is also a source of vitamins of group B and C, as well as iron, among other minerals. It is recommended to cook it for easier digestion.
It should be noted that the concept of tuber is used in zoology to name the prominence that appears on the dermoskeleton of some animals. For medicine , on the other hand, a tuber is a morbid development that is hard at first and then resembles pus.