Technical Papers

The Ratio of Carotene to Carotenoid Pigments in Sweet-potato Varieties

Science  15 Feb 1946:
Vol. 103, Issue 2668, pp. 193-194
DOI: 10.1126/science.103.2668.193


The fleshy roots of the sweet potato are shown to contain appreciable amounts of yellow pigments other than β-carotene. The carotene/total-pigment ratio varies among different varieties and within varieties. In the varieties tested, the carotene/total-pigment ratio increased with increase in intensity of yellow color. Triumph, a very light-colored variety, contained a small amount of carotene shortly after harvest, but this soon disappeared in storage.