Can You Eat a Sweet Potato Vine Tuber?

Sweet potato vine tubers with Chinese lantern flowers

While taking apart my front porch container plantings this weekend, the question came to mind: Can you eat these cute little tubers that the ornamental sweet potato vine made?

Short answer: Yes, you can.

Longer answer: Yes, you can, but you probably don’t want to. Ornamental sweet potato vines are selected for their foliage — the lush leaves that tumble out of pots and window boxes so decoratively. The tubers are not even a consideration, and so don’t usually taste very good. If you want delicious sweet potatoes, it’s best to grow plants designated for eating.


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4 Responses to Can You Eat a Sweet Potato Vine Tuber?

  1. Thanks for letting us know! I always wondered, ’cause I’ve grown some doozies, but was always afraid to eat something I’m not sure of.

  2. Becky Johnson says:

    Has anyone had any luck storing these tubers? I tried it
    once, but it didn’t work very well.

  3. Jean says:

    Yeah! Thanks for the answer to this perennial fall question. Now I can compost in peace.

  4. Tyler says:

    Nice post. I know that if you eat them you have to “cure” them first. That and I wouldn’t eat them if they’re a nursery variety, only if I propagated them myself first!

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