Growing up as a child in the Eastern Caribbean the sweet potato was a known food among what we call Ground Provisions. I enjoyed it in soups and even roasted on an outside fire, leftover from roasting Breadfruit. Yet today was the first time I partook of the leaves of the sweet potato vine after learning from a dear sister at church about its richness nutrient wise. As I went in search of some I did hear older folks say that in years gone by their parents and grandparents cooked the sweet potato leaves much like Callaloo and or Spinach. See my simple recipe below for Sautéed Sweet Potato Leaves and learn a bit about the benefits of this green leaf in your farm or farms near you. I know I will be eating much more henceforth.
SAUTEED SWEET POTATO LEAVES
Ingredients -A bunch of sweet potato leaves (a mix of young and older leaves can do or younger leaves but any will work) -Onions -Garlic -Tomatoes -Sweet peppers -salt (to taste) -coconut oil -hot water -Sesame seeds
My sautéed sweet potato leaves was served alongside local Trinidad brown rice, a side of stir fried vegetables (broccoli, carrots and cabbage) and Fried Gluten in homemade barbecue sauce.
1. Wash and cut up leaves and blanch in some hot water (simply put leave into the hot water covering them with the water and then remove. (Some people advised adding some salt and sugar to the water. Also, do not leave them in the water for a long period-the leaves wilt easily).
2. sautee your onions, garlic and tomatoes in some coconut oil
3. Add sweet potato leaves (and stems if you wish to use them) and sautée until they are tender in much the same way that spinach leaves wilt down when sautéed. Sprinkle with some sesame seeds at the end.
4. Serve as a side dish in your meal.
Note they are the Sweet Potato Leaves (not any other potato)
Not only are Sweet Potato leaves a great way of getting more greens into your diet, they are highly nutritious and even more nutritious in some vitamins than the sweet potato food itself. Consider some of the nutritional benefits. Sweet potato leaves are rich in protein, Vitamin C (more than in the roots or potato itself), Potassium, Manganese and such like. See the following abstract in a journal entry on the website of the National Institutes of Health (NIH)-US National Library of Medicine. "Sweet potato (Ipomoea batatas) leaves provide a dietary source of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, dietary fiber, and essential fatty acids. Bioactive compounds contained in this vegetable play a role in health promotion by improving immune function, reducing oxidative stress and free radical damage, reducing cardiovascular disease risk, and suppressing cancer cell growth. Currently, sweet potato leaves are consumed primarily in the islands of the Pacific Ocean and in Asian and African countries; limited consumption occurs in the United States. This comprehensive review assesses research examining the nutritional characteristics and bioactive compounds within sweet potato leaves that contribute to health promotion and chronic disease prevention. Research has affirmed the potential cardioprotective and chemopreventive advantages of consuming sweet potato leaves, thus indicating that increased consumption of this vegetable should be advocated. Since reducing the prevalence of chronic diseases is of public health concern, promoting the consumption of sweet potato leaves warrants further and more intensive research investigation."
God promises right to the Tree of Life to those who are obedient to the ten commandments by faith, to the very end Revelation 22:14. And this Tree, scripture tells us in Revelation 22:2, contains LEAVES which are for the healing of the nations "In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations." I firmly believe that the healing and preservative benefits of the nutrients in Sweet potato leaves include the kind we shall find in the leaves of the Tree of Life, once we are faithful to the end. At a time in our world where there are so many evil conspiracies in Health, including the addition of many poisonous chemicals to our foods, it is wonderful to know that we can still find nutrients for our bodies in the foods that we grow, right outside. May God bless you with good health and Salvation from sin- 3 John 1:2. Amen. Feel free to research this for yourselves and share what you find in the comment section.
*Special thanks to Sis. Denise who encouraged me to try this and also to my dear Husband Bro. Calvert who is always excited to try out new things with me. Sis. Anesia Baptiste