Grow and Cook Sweet Potato Leaves

Sweet potato leave stir fry
stir-fried sweet potato leaves

Today we would like to share with you one of our favorite veggies — the sweet potato leaves. 

You may never have had the leafy part from the sweet potato plant before. Not only does it is edible and tastes great, but it is packed with nutrition.

Unfortunately, it is not very common to find it in grocery stores in the US. But they can be very easily grown in your garden.

But luckily, growing them is incredibly easy!

The sweet potato leaves in our garden. All of them are growing from 1 single sweet potato

You don’t need to put much work or care into them. We also haven’t seen any serious pest issues on them yet. Every time you harvest the leaves, they will come back in a couple of weeks.

In this article, we would love to show you how we grow and cook them.

Check out our sweet potato leaves recipe on YouTube!

Back in May, we soaked a sweet potato in half a cup of water for a couple of weeks. It eventually sprouted and there are some new roots coming out.

Then we plant the whole sweet potato in the soil and within a month it has grown so many leaves.

In order to get more leaves, we cut off all of the vines to replant them.

We also cut off the majority of the leaves, so that it can save up some energy and focus on growing roots, And then bury them in the soil.

A week later, they are still growing and the leaves have become bigger.

They actually grow very quickly in the summer. Within a few weeks, you can start to harvest. To harvest, you can take the stems off and collect them. Or just take the whole vine and cut the stems off individually. 

Rinse the leaves in the water to remove the dust. 

Our favorite way to eat the leaves is to saute them with garlic. Here is the recipe for the spicy & sour sweet potato leaves stir fry.



Sweet potato leave stir fry
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Sweet Potato Leaves Stir Fry – Spicy & Sour Version

If you've never had the leafy part from the sweet potato plant before, this recipe is a must-try! Not only does it tastes so great, but it is packed with nutrition.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: Stir fry, Vegetables
Servings: 2
Calories: 90kcal
Cost: 5

Equipment

  • Skillet

Ingredients

  • 2 cup sweet potato leaves
  • 1 tbsp canola oil
  • 2 clove garlic
  • 3 chili pepper, chopped
  • 1 tbsp pickled banana pepper
  • 1 tbsp oyster sauce
  • salt

Instructions

  • Heat up a pan at medium-high heat with oil, add the minced garlic in. For the spicy and sour version, add 1 tbsp of pickled banana peppers and chili peppers (the quantity is depending on how you spicy you want the dish to be)
  • Sautee them and once you can smell the aroma, add the sweet potato leaves in. Gently mix it so that the garlic won’t burn at the bottom. Cover with the lid and let it simmer for about 15 seconds.
  • Then stir well, add about 3 tbsp of water with some oyster sauce, add salt to taste, and it is done! Enjoy

Video

Nutrition

Calories: 90kcal


Harvest

The picture below was all of the sweet potatoes we got at the end of the season. All of them came from that 1 single sweet potato which shown in the video.

We were so surprised to see that there are so many sweet potatoes buried under the soil. The digging process was so fun and full of surprise.

Our first time planting sweet potatoes turned out to be pretty successful!

See the updates from one year later below! ⬇️



One Year Later Update – Aug 2022

We moved into our new home at the beginning of this year. Since we have a smaller yard, we haven’t really planned to grow sweet potatoes like last year.

(Actually, I bought a nice-looking sweet potato in March, and planned to grow it🤫😅. However I haven’t soaked it in the water like before, and that potato never sprouted… anyway, we don’t have much space yet so I gave up the plan)

We have moved our old plants to the new house, together with the old soil as well. Maybe because there was a mini sweet potato tuber hidden in the soil. More leaves showed up.

We were so happy to see that it is still alive and coming back! It has survived the whole winter in North Florida lol!

Now it lives happily with our aloe vera 😄


FAQ

How many sweet potato leaves should I use to stir fry?

Considering them like spinach! When they are raw, it is voluminous. However, once it is cooked, the size will decrease quickly. We usually use about 3 cups of veggies(spinach or sweet potato leaves) per serving.

Can you grow sweet potato leaves from their stems?

Yes! If you can find the sweet potato leaves at your grocery store, you can use them for growing sweet potatoes. Trim down the leaves and bury the stem in the soil. New leaves will come out and they should be ready in a few weeks.

What is the best season for growing sweet potatoes?

Starting from the spring, they will be ready for harvest around Thanksgiving. They are the opposite then potatoes (which are like cold weather). Also, unlike most of the green leafy vegetables that are likely to bloom in the summer, the sweet potato leaves are doing great during the hot temperature.

Do you need to peel the outside skin off the stems before cooking sweet potato leaves?

It depends if the stem is still young or not. You can bend the stems to see if it can be easily broken.
If the leaves and stem are newly grown, you can just go ahead and cook them directly. The skin will give the dish a crunchy texture.
If they grow for a while and become old, the outside skin will be hard to chew. It is kind of like the woody part at the bottom of asparagus. To keep it more tender, you can peel and discard the outside skin before cooking them. 


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