Liberian Cuisine 'Potato Greens'

The Sweet Potato Leaf

 

Most gardeners around the world grow sweet potatoes for the potato roots themselves. However, many are not aware of the fact that the green tops (aka the sweet potato leaves) are edible as well. If you have not eaten the leaves of the sweet potato, you are missing out on its delicious taste and many nutrients.

What is Potato Greens?

From the leaves of sweet potato plant come the potato greens. They are high in nutrients, rich in antioxidants, proteins, vitamin B as well as iron, calcium and zinc. This tasty vegetable is widely eaten within the West African region, Liberia being one of these countries.

          Every country has its own way of cooking the potato greens, either as a soup or stew. In Liberia it can either be fried in vegetable oil or cooked with palm oil. Both stews are prepared with chicken, beef, seafood, seasoning, peppers, and onions, which can be eaten with rice.

How to Make Potato Greens (click links below)

Red Oil Potato Greens

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rKp_a8YcC4Y

Fried Potato Greens

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7vU5c2kCSSQ

 

Benefits of Potato Greens

Prevents colon cancer

A drink of the sweet potato leaves helps with GI distress as well constipation because of the significant level of fiber the leaves have, which can prevent colon cancer.

Reduces inflammation

The high beta carotene content in sweet potato is the key anti-inflammatory compound that makes it a natural painkiller.

Regulates blood glucose levels

The leaves of sweet potato are suitable for diabetic consumption as it contains a very good blood sugar regulator that helps to stabilize and lower insulin resistance.

 

References

 https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/sweet-potato/are-sweet-potato-leaves-edible.htm

http://www.african-recipes-secrets.com/potato-greens.html

http://www.onlymyhealth.com/health-slideshow/tips-healthy-eating-when-dining-out-1348213463.html