There is an Asian vegetable called "water spinach" or ong choy which is an Ipomoea species as is sweet potato. Dell -----Original Message----- From: email@example.com [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] On Behalf Of Boyce Tankersley Sent: Wednesday, April 14, 2010 9:47 AM To: Pacific Bulb Society Subject: Re: [pbs] Edibility of Sweet Potato Leaves & Vines Hi Judy: I have never eaten the foliage but I know it is a deer favorite. Boyce Tankersley Director of Living Plant Documentation Chicago Botanic Garden 1000 Lake Cook Road Glencoe, IL 60022 tel: 847-835-6841 fax: 847-835-1635 email: email@example.com -----Original Message----- From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com] On Behalf Of Judy Glattstein Sent: Tuesday, April 13, 2010 5:31 PM To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: [pbs] Edibility of Sweet Potato Leaves & Vines Not sure is this off topic? A friend bought some sweet potato leaves & vines at an Asian grocery store in Chinatown, New York City yesterday. Apparently the leaves and young shoots are a popular green used in tropical Asian recipes. My question - What about the colorful leaf forms used as summer ornamentals - are they also edible? I can understand that the flavor might be different. Hoping there is someone with experience / suggestions on growing an ornamental garden and eating it too. Judy in New Jersey where tulips are in full bloom and the daffodils already singed and passing over.