Most people in Asia countries know that sweet potato leaves are edible.
In fact, there are many recipes to enjoy sweet potato leaves.
However, most people in the west, notably United States, do not know that this particular plant is such a great plant.
They plant it mainly for the tubers.
Why do people in Asia like sweet potato leaves?
In some countries, sweet potato leaves are used in treating diabetes and high blood pressure. You can add them with tea leaves to make a nutritious drinks.
Diabetic patients should not take too much sugar or starch.
That means eating the tuber is not advisable.
However, they can enjoy a plate of stir fried sweet potato leaves, or use them in soup.
When can you harvest the sweet potato leaves?
You can harvest anytime you want. The young ones are very tender, sweet and crisply.
If you want the tuber as well, you should not take too many leaves.
Let us talk about tips for planting sweet potato for its leaves.
If your main reason for planting is to enjoy the green, you can even use a flower pot for this purpose.
You can grow direct from the slips growing out of the tuber or cut a stem from another plant. It is best to buy the slips directly from the nursery. Some stored bought tubers are treated with wax to ensure that they will not sprout.
It is best to use well-drained soil, and leave the pot in an area with full sun. If you have a garden, make sure that the garden enjoys at least three months of warm weather.
You should add a balanced fertilizer at regular interval. If your area is hot and dry, you should water at least twice a day.
The plant needs watering at least once a day.
While the health benefit of sweet potato leaves focus mainly on controlling diabetes condition, since that is well documented in medical studies, the truth is that it is also a green super food.
You can use it to ward off heart diseases, and other infections.
Even though you can eat them raw, most people in Asia prefer to boil the leaves in soup or stir fried them with chili paste or garlic.
You may try them in salad if you like them raw.
If you are cooking noodle, you can just pluck a few leaves and add them to the soup. You will enjoy some greens in this way.
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