Sweet Potato Greens Recipe

Ever had sweet potato greens? If you haven't, it is time to try some. 

Ever had sweet potato greens? These vegetable really doesn't just come in green. Some of them actually come in pretty reds and sometimes purple red depending on what type of sweet potato plant it is.

Kamote Leaves a.k.a Sweet Potato Tops cooked in coconut milk served with hot steamed rice. But these are cooked in many different ways. This is just one way to cook this veggie.

Kamote leaves a.k.a Sweet potato tops are also called 'dahon Kamote' in the Philippines meaning 'leaves of potato'.

Because sweet potatoes come in different varieties, these veggies also come in reds, green and purple reds.  The red tops are much favored. Well, maybe because they're just prettier than the rest. But they're just as beneficial as the green variety.

In this recipe we are making our favorite sweet potato leaves with coconut milk.

Kamote Tops which are actually the tender leaves of sweet potatoes. These veggies grow as vines close to the ground to produce sweet potato roots.
  • Garden sweet potato leaves - a mix of green and purple red tops
  • Fresh Coconut Milk or Organic from a can would do 
  • Crushed garlic
  • Diced Onion
  • 2 stalks of lemon grass (pounded to release flavor)
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Optional: Lemon - it's just how Pinoys like it.

If you are NOT Vegan: You can add your salted fish or shrimp if you like. It is called: Bangot in Bicol.

If you are Vegan: Leave out the 'bangot' and keep it clean!

Break or snip the tender tops of the potato leaves. Because this type of potato is a vine, the most tender part is the top. Gather the leaves and tender parts of the vine and discard the tougher parts. Set aside.

In a wok or large saute pan, pour the coconut milk in and add the crushed garlic, diced onion, the crushed lemongrass and season with salt and pepper. Taste to your preference.

Bring the coconut milk to a rolling boil then add the tender tops and leaves of the sweet potato until cooked or just wilted. These veggie don't take long to cook.

Remove from heat and serve with steamed rice.

With a little squirt of lemosito on it, it's definitely a taste of home. You get all the needed roughage with all the health benefits. It's awesome for your colon!

There are so many ways to cook Kamote tops. These are either just blanched with added salt and lemon or they are added to fish stews or even simply sauteed in garlic and oil.

When these sweet potato tops are blanched and served with just fresh lemon and a little bit of salt, it is called Kinilaw. Just like salads, it's a refreshing side dish to any meal.

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