Sweet potato leaves and sweet potatoes are actually different kinds of food.

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[Health Channel/Comprehensive Report] Sweet potato leaves and sweet potatoes are very common in life, and the name has the word sweet potato in it. Are the sweet potato leaves grown from sweet potatoes?

The Taipei Agricultural Products Distribution Company pointed out that sweet potato leaves and sweet potatoes are different species. The sweet potato leaves seen in the market are the varieties that eat leaves and do not form sweet potatoes.

"This sweet potato is not that sweet potato!" Bei Nong posted on his Facebook fan page "Taipei Agricultural Products", pointing out that the leaf-used sweet potato is sweet potato leaves that have been modified for eating, rather than growing from sweet potatoes.

It can grow all year round in Taiwan, and it will be more vigorous in high-temperature and rainy environments. When there is a lack of leafy vegetables in summer, leafy sweet potatoes are one of the few vegetable crops that can maintain normal production.

At present, there are also varieties that do not need to peel off the petiole epidermis and have better taste, such as Tainong No. 71 and Taoyuan No. 2.

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In addition, Bei Nong revealed that sweet potato leaves were not used as edible vegetables in the early days. Because they are easy to plant, can be harvested many times, and are cheap, they are widely planted by farmers and used as the main feed for raising domestic pigs. Therefore, they are also known as "pig vegetables". say.

The Council of Agriculture added that sweet potato leaves are extremely low in calories and rich in nutrients, with only 30 calories per 100 grams, containing iron, calcium, potassium and other minerals, dietary fiber, and vitamins A, B, and C.

Among them, the leaves of Tainong No. 71 are soft and have a better taste; the stems and leaves of Taoyuan No. 2 are fresh and tender, and can be cooked without removing the stem and petiole epidermis. Both are suitable for steaming, boiling, frying, and soup.

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