One of the world’s most versatile and main food crops is the potato: a root vegetable. The annual plant is rich with essential vitamins and minerals and can be served in a variety of ways, such as mashed, roasted, baked, or boiled. In 2020, an estimated 359 million metric tons of potatoes were produced worldwide. China is the leading potato producer worldwide: the country accounted for approximately 78 million metric tons of potatoes that year. India ranked as the second leading worldwide producer of potatoes. Roughly 89.5 million metric tons’ worth of sweet potatoes were produced worldwide that year. Production of this particular plant has decreased slightly since 2011. The value of the sweet potato market, however, is projected to grow by about seven percent between 2020 and 2027.
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