Sweet potato leaves are considered as an everyday food in the Philippines. It is served steamed and teamed with a dipping sauce we call fish bagoong.
You can also use it as a substitute for “un choi” or “kangkong” in making “sinigang” which is a sour soup.
I have this sweet potato planted in my garden for quite some time. This particular one is purple. You can get leaves that are green in the farmers market or Chinatown. I have been giving away sweet potato leaves to friends and neighbors because I can’t keep up with it. It is very prolific and it grows wild if you don’t prune them.
Sweet potato leaves or “talbos ng kamote” as we call it are also high in nutritional value. It has Vit. A and C, also B vitamins and minerals like calcium, magnesium and phosphorus.
Sweet potato can be planted as is or the stems called slips can be rooted first before planting in the ground. Like other root vegetables, sweet potato needs good draining soil, full sun and lots of watering in the growing season.