sweet potato leaves
TAKE SWEET POTATO LEAVES
Many people are familiar with sweet potatoes – the tuber we use for cooking, baking or making desserts. But do you know that the leaves of the sweet potato plant can be eaten as well? Known as Fun Shee Yip in Cantonese, the leaves are tender; have a nicely-balanced flavor, with not even a hint of bitterness. Its nutritional content is said to be comparable to the spinach. The leaves contain dietary fiber, lipid, and essential minerals-&-nutrients such as calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, sodium, potassium, sulfur, iron, copper, zinc, manganese, aluminum and boron. They are also good sources of vitamin A ( very high content; good for skin-care ), thiamin, riboflavin, niacin and ascorbic acid. The leaves are high in protein, making it a perfect intake for vegetarians.
The bioactive compounds contained in SPL play a role in health-promotion by improving our immune function; reducing oxidative stress and free radical damage; reducing cardiovascular disease risk, and suppressing cancer cell-growth.
You can cook SPL in every way that you normally cook other greens. You can use it in soups. You can also stir-fry it or blanche it.
Apart from being tasty, this simple vegetable is packed with nutrition, being the only vegetable with Iodine, a common substance found in seafood. It also contains vitamin A, C and Calcium; In the Philippines, it is widely believed that lactating mothers fed sweet potato tops improve their breast milk production. In fact, it is now a major ingredient of a commercially available food supplement drink in the Philippines. It is also a folk remedy which is used to treat diarrhea and dizziness.