Return to the Vegetable Gardening Forum | Post a Follow-Up

 o
Sweet potato vines edible?

Posted by zackey GA 8b (My Page) on
Tue, Jul 29, 14 at 18:17

I just read that sweet potato vines were edible. Has anyone ever eaten them?


Follow-Up Postings:

 o
RE: Sweet potato vines edible?

Yep, the shoot tips and young leaves. The older vines can be quite tough. I cook them like spinach. They are very common in West and Central African cuisine.


 o
RE: Sweet potato vines edible?

Do they taste like sweet potatoes? I have about a large pot full out there.


 o
RE: Sweet potato vines edible?

They don't seem to taste like much to me, just a 'green vegetable' taste with a slight bit of sliminess when cooked (nothing like okra though).


 o
RE: Sweet potato vines edible?

Maybe with a little salt and butter they would taste ok. Just curious. I never knew they were edible.


 o
RE: Sweet potato vines edible?

Sweet potato leaves are very popular in Asian & Pacific Island cultures. The shoots are sometimes sold in bundles in Asian markets. The good thing about that is, you can pinch off the tip & tender leaves, throw the stems into a glass half full of water, and cook the leaves. If you like the flavor, the stems will root quickly, and you can plant them.

Not all sweet potato leaves taste the same. I've tried some that were horrible, with almost a chemical aftertaste. The ornamental varieties with colored leaves fall in that category, among others.

Filipinos have an edible-leaf variety called 'kamote', which is the one I usually grow. In hot weather, the leaf production can be astounding.

But for a hot weather green, I much prefer the closely related water spinach. It too is often sold in bunches in Asian markets, and the shoots root even more readily than sweet potatoes. Water spinach can also be grown from seed, but unfortunately, it has been declared a noxious weed in the U.S., so seed is hard to find.

You can find a lot more info on both vegetables in the Asian Vegetable Forum.


 o
RE: Sweet potato vines edible?

oh...My parents survived from famine by eating them. That's what they told me. Food shortage is no long a problem when I was raised. But my mother occasionally prepare those food by steaming sweet potato leaves mixed with corn powder and seasoned with peanut oil. They are absolutely delicious. But my father don't like them possibly he just ate too much. LOL


 o Post a Follow-Up

Please Note: Only registered members are able to post messages to this forum.

    If you are a member, please log in.

    If you aren't yet a member, join now!


Return to the Vegetable Gardening Forum

Information about Posting

  • You must be logged in to post a message. Once you are logged in, a posting window will appear at the bottom of the messages. If you are not a member, please register for an account.
  • Posting is a two-step process. Once you have composed your message, you will be taken to the preview page. You will then have a chance to review your post, make changes and upload photos.
  • After posting your message, you may need to refresh the forum page in order to see it.
  • Before posting copyrighted material, please read about Copyright and Fair Use.
  • We have a strict no-advertising policy!
  • If you would like to practice posting or uploading photos, please visit our Test forum.
  • If you need assistance, please Contact Us and we will be happy to help.


Learn more about in-text links on this page here