Ornamental Sweet Potato Edible - Knowledgebase Question

Purcellville, VA
Question by pekavila
October 4, 1998
I bought an "ornamental sweet potato vine". It grew the largest potatoes I have ever seen. Can I eat them, or are they toxic? They give off a milky substance when they are cut.

Answer from NGA
October 4, 1998


You could eat these, but they aren't very tasty! Edible sweet potatoes have been bred for flavor....but not the ornamental varieties. I've heard they taste like "dirt". Let us know!

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