I wrote a few weeks ago about starting sweet potato slips to plant in the garden. But did you know that sweet potato leaves are edible? Even if you don’t plan to grow sweet potato tubers in your garden, you can get greens started in your kitchen today.
To have a continuous supply of sweet potato leaves, you’ll want to get a plant established in soil. There are a couple of ways to do that. You can plant an entire sweet potato in a pot of soil (as shown in video below). Or you can start a potted plant from cuttings, or slips, just as you would for planting out in the garden.
Set your potted sweet potato by a sunny window and it will produce plenty of vines. Now you have an edible houseplant! You can eat the leaves cooked or raw.
Some recipes to get you started:
Don’t confuse sweet potatoes with your standard baked potato!
- Sweet potatoes (Ipomoea batatas) belong to the Convolvulaceae family. Their leaves are edible.
- Regular Russet-type potatoes belong to the Solanaceae, or nightshade, family. Their leaves are not edible and can make you sick.