Sauté Sweet Potato Leaves
This is a very simple yet healthy dish using sweet potato leaves…you only need olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper…super delicious!
I have been super busy lately…we had a new addition to our family…a furry puppy! His name is Mochie and he came to us when he was about 8 weeks…we had him for almost 7 weeks and has been a lot of joy for both of us. It is true that having a young puppy is a lot of work, especially for the first two weeks…now Mochie is potty trained and has been sleeping throughout the night.
Mochie is a Morkie, Maltese mom and Yorkie dad…he was only 1lb and 13 oz whe he came to us, now he is a bit over 3 lbs. He loves to play in the backyard and he nibbles on the sweet potato leaves…besides all the stuff he finds on his way.
Now…back to the sweet potato leaves…
– Can you eat sweet potato leaves?
Definitely, they are 100% edible, much like spinach…it can be cooked by sautéing, stir-fried, added to soup or salad. Moreover, sweet potato leaves can be used as a spinach substitute.
– Where can I find sweet potato leaves?
Well, I grow them in the backyard…and they are super easy to maintain…a small area with good soil and lots of water. The leaves grow almost vine like plants…
Other option is to get them in Asian grocery store or farmer’s market…I actually started growing sweet potato leaves after I bought one bunch from the farmer’s market and made cutting with the main stems…once the roots start to grow in water I transplanted into the soil, and now I have endless sweet potato leaves.
– How do sweet potato leaves taste?
The leaves taste like spinach, maybe a bit chewier and they do not leave the weird “spinach teeth” film from the high content the oxalic acid found in spinach.
The simplest way is to sauté them with garlic and olive oil just until they’re wilted…no secret at all…
– Are you ready to give these green leaves a try?
- 1 bunch sweet potato leaves
- 3-4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
- 1 to 1½ tablespoons olive oil
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Fish sauce (optional)
Pinch the stem attached to the leaves from the main steam.
Wash and rinse many times, making sure to remove all the unwanted particles and drain the excess of water.
In a wok, heat the olive oil over medium heat, add the garlic and stir until slightly golden and aromatic.
Add the sweet potato leaves and turn the heat to high.
Stir fry, add salt and pepper to taste and fish sauce if using. If using fish sauce add less salt. Stir constantly until all the leaves are wilted.
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Did you know that sweet potato leaves are very nutritious and rich in antioxidants? When compared to leafy greens sweet potato leaves contain more dietary fiber. Moreover, they are rich in Vitamin C, A, thiamin, niacin and folic acid.