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Not related to potato or yam. More nutritious than potato. Color is usually orange, but can also be red, purple, yellow, pink, or even white. Unlike potatoes, which have poisonous leaves, sweet potato leaves are edible. Putting a sweet potato in water on window-sill, will grow edible greens throughout winter for you. They don’t like frost, cold or refrigerators, so store them in warm, dry place. Rich in complex carbs (energy), Protein, fiber(cleans digestive tract, feeds probiotics), magnesium (stress, hormones), vitamin C (antioxidant), B6 and potassium (heart), D (mood), A and carotene (eyes, immunity), iron(white and red blood cells, oxygen), calcium and even helps stabilize blood sugar levels (good for diabetics) despite the word “sweet” in the name. Good for skin collagen, stress, Can be eaten raw, dehydrated into chips, steamed, mashed etc. Leaves make salad.
Edible Plant Guide © 2012 Markus Rothkranz