Monday, July 27, 2015

Sweet Potato Greens Is the Summer Crop You Need to Grow

One of the challenges to growing your own food in Texas is the dearth of options for greens in the summer. Don't tell me malabar spinach is a good option. It is slimy and yucky. Most of our best greens, spinach, Swiss chard, kale, collards, lettuce, cabbage, etc., are winter crops here. I recently heard about growing sweet potato tops for greens, a common practice in Asia. I have yet to put this in serious action, although I do have a leftover sweet potato bulb pushing up greens. The greens are amazing, much like spinach, except with far less oxalic acid (a good thing!). They are so easy to grow. Here is a link to a PDF discussing the nutritional qualities of sweet potato greens:

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