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Ipomoea_batatas_(White Sweet_Potato) leaves above in hand

In my hand are a few cuttings types that I have on offer to sell to you. I got my first cutting from an old lady many years ago & since have had many crops & now offering you the opportunity to grow it. It has to be the sweetest of all the sweet potatoes. It is unclear to me if the origin of these plants were from Polynesia or the South Americas.

Each cutting has roots formed on it & ready to place in soil. The cuttings are available at $4 each plus pack/post Australia wide of $5. Over 20 cuttings they are then reduced to $3 each & add post/pack of $10 up to half kilo in weight.

Description

Sweet Potato Leaf – 蕃薯叶, 地瓜叶

The sweet potato or botanically known as lpomoea batatas is a dicotyledonous plant that belongs to the family Convolvulaceae. Its large, starchy, sweet-tasting, tuberous roots are a root vegetable. Beside consuming the root, sweet potato in Singapore were also being cultivated for its young leave and shoots. While sweet potato itself is a good source of carbohydrates, its leave however contains good nutritional value and its rich in vitamin B, ß­carotene, iron, calcium, zinc and protein,

Origins
The origin of this root vegetable is thought to be in either Central Amercia or South Amercia. In central Amercia, sweet potato were domesticated at least 5,000 years ago. In South Amercia, Peruvian sweet Potato remnants found were dated as far back as 8000 BC ago.

Description
With warm temperature and sufficient water sweet potato can grows well even in poor or unfertile soil. Sweet potato have been an in important part of the diet in many countries and histories and was very popular during the world war II where most crops failed to grow. In Singapore, both the roots and its leave were being cultivated and harvest for consumption.

Uses
Although sweet potato leave is a by-product of the sweet potato plant, it nutritional value however is far much higher than the root itself. It is a popular vegetable in Singapore and can be found in many culinary recipe. Namely stir-fried, soups and boiled.

*PLEASE NOTE AT THE FOOT OF THIS POSTING WHAT THE PRODUCT IS THAT IS ON OFFER FOR SALE-CUTTINGS ONLY

Source of a sweet potato article from Hawaii below

Uala, or sweet potato, was a canoe plant brought to Hawaii by the Polynesians. The sweet potato, or Ipomoea batatas, is a member of the morning glory family. It was an important staple food in Hawaii.

The plant has heart-shaped five lobed leaves, and small pink-lavender flowers similar to the morning glory. The vine is purple or green, the leaves dark green, and the flowers purple/lavender. It is a perennial, and spreads and creeps along the ground, and produces root vegetables. Different varieties produce sweet potatoes in various colors; purple, red, orange, yellow, and white. The skin and flesh are often different colors.

A white skinned tuber may have purple flesh, or a purple skinned potato have yellow flesh. This plant originated in Central or South America, where it was cultivated 5000 years ago. From there it spread throughout the Caribbean.

During later invasions of South America, the Portuguese and Spanish found the sweet potato, and dispersed it throughout Europe and their colonies. Somehow, it appeared in Polynesia, at least 500 years before western contact. The theory is that it was carried to the Polynesia by migrating birds, or even possibly accidental drift of a lost raft or boat off the South American coast.

Sweet potatoes are only very distantly related to potatoes (originating also in South America) and yams (originating in Africa). There is evidence of cultivation of the sweet potato in Hawaii from at least 1000 AD. Ulala was especially abundant in Niihau, where it was eaten more frequently than taro.

This is probably because the drier conditions in Niihau are more conducive to sweet potato, than taro which requires more water. Over 200 varieties of this plant were found in Hawaii. It can grow from sea level to 5,000 feet elevation, and will grow in poor soil. Each plant can yield over one pound of potatoes. Most varieties produce in three to seven months after planting.

The foliage images below are ones I took of my patch, where the leaves are different to the normal sweet potato plant leaves. Butterfly breeders seem to enjoy feeding sweet potato leaves in their butterfly breeding programme.

Uala is best cultivated from slips of the plant, which are replanted. The slips should be cut about 6-9 inches from the end, with the growing tip remaining intact.

Since this is a vining plant, it is good to put them in mounds or the edges of a garden, because they will spread out significantly. Soil that is loose or loamy will facilitate the growth of large tubers.

When harvested, the tubers should be dried or cured for a week before consuming. In Hawaii’s climate, they do not need to be harvested all at once, but can be left in the ground until needed. We recently obtained purple Molokai sweet potato starters from a friend.

The ulala is considered a good plant for famine conditions, since it is so quickly producing the easy to grow under a variety of conditions. In areas of Asia which are plagued by tsunamis, it is often the first crop that is replanted after the storm.

In Hawaiian, there was a saying: He ‘uala ka ‘ai ho’ola koke i ka wi.

The sweet potato is the food that ends famine quickly. Uala tubers can be baked, steamed, or boiled. Sweet potato poi can be made by boiling, peeling, and mashing. The leaves are also edible. Sweet potato can also be fermented into an alcoholic drink, uala awa awa.

Polynesians had many medicinal uses for uala. It was used as a tonic for pregnant women, for asthma and congestion, to induce lactation, as a gargle for a sore throat, and as a laxative. Raw uala mixed with ti leaves could induce vomiting. All parts of the plant were also used as feed for livestock, especially pigs.

In China today, sweet potatoes are cultivated primarily as pig fodder. Compared to other vegetables, the sweet potato ranked highest in nutritional content, and is a better source of complex carbohydrates, protein, Vitamins A and C, iron, and calcium; according to a study at the Center for Science in the Public Interest. They are also considered a good food source for diabetics.

So, if you have not been eating uala regularly, it is time to try this sweet, and nutritious vegetable. In Hawaii, you can easily find several varieties of the vegetable at farmer’s markets, and in local supermarkets. We usually bake them in the oven, but have also made sweet potato fries, or boil and mash them with a little milk. They are a filling comfort food, which is also delicious and good for you.

About Sweet potatoes / Ipomoea batatas

The sweet potato (Ipomoea batatas) is native to South and Central America and was already grown by the Aztecs and other American civilisations more than 500 years ago. In modern times, it took a detour through Africa and Asia where it was used as a commodity and today, it is the world’s third most important root vegetable.

With all these health arguments it should not be forgotten why sweet potatoes represent a real asset to both our vegetable garden and kitchen garden: it is the new colours and rich, sweetish and full-bodied flavours that gets us excited about this root vegetable and make the now much easier cultivation even more profitable!T

A substance called caiapo that has been discovered in the skin of the sweet potato is even said to reduce diabetes and cholesterol.

The sweet potato is considered to be the most complete vegetable. In addition to its high starch and sugar content, it is mainly the secondary ingredients that have meanwhile also led health researchers to this root vegetable. In the yellow and orange varieties, high levels of vitamin A and C are supplemented by carotenoids and anthocyanins. Abundant potassium and calcium strengthens bones and muscles; the large amount of fibre helps with digestion. In addition, sweet potatoes also contain high levels of folic acid, which show positive affects in early pregnancy.

This has now changed fundamentally with the latest varieties: they only need a vegetation period of 110 to 130 days and they are very productive. We have tested various cultivation methods in our experiments at Lubera: it has been found out that using a mound planting technique for field cultivation (comparable with normal potatoes) and growing the tubers in containers are the most successful. The development of the roots and tubers benefits from the good aeration and rapid warming. Virus-free young plants that we had propagated via cuttings in May and June are available as a strong starting material. they guarantee the reliable and rapid start of growth so that this originally “southern” plant can quickly become established and be fully developed  and that each thermal unit can be converted to starch, flavour and fruit volume.

During the past 20 years in Central Europe, Ipomoea batatas was known mainly as an ornamental plant with beautiful flowers and foliage. The tubers of these plants were usually also edible, but they did not have the size or the flavour intensity that distinguish the bred varieties that are intended for crop production. In the last 5-10 years, the actual sweet potatoes have been growing in popularity amongst creative chefs and amateur cooks; in well-stocked supermarkets they can be found throughout almost the entire year. The tubers originate mostly from southern countries, from overseas, from Israel, from Spain and Italy. Growing the tubers in our region was considered not as rewarding, as the tubers’ growing season was too long, until recently…

Ipomoea_batatas_(White Sweet_Potato) leaves above in hand

In my hand are a few cuttings types that I have on offer to sell to you. I got my first cutting from an old lady many years ago & since have had many crops & now offering you the opportunity to grow it. It has to be the sweetest of all the sweet potatoes. It is unclear to me if the origin of these plants were from Polynesia or the South Americas.

Each cutting has roots formed on it & ready to place in soil. The cuttings are available at $4 each plus pack/post Australia wide of $5. Over 20 cuttings they are then reduced to $3 each & add post/pack of $10 up to half kilo in weight.

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