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Eat the Garden: Potatoes ❌

Updated: Jul 23, 2021

My friend gave me some sprouting potatoes this spring, just in time to fill some plastic half-barrels I'd salvaged from someone dropping them off at the recycling center. They've done beautifully in the Tagro and sun, provided I remember to water them!

I'm looking forward to the fall when I can tip the barrels over and harvest what, given the abundance of foliage and flowers, must be a bonanza of potatoes!

In the meantime, I'm always looking for greens to add to our morning salads. I turned to the internet to ask, "Are potato leaves edible?"

Librarian nerd alert: the first many results were from garden blogs, but I wanted to ensure I was getting authoritative information, so I did a site search.

are potato leaves edible site:gov

From MedlinePlus (part of the US National Library of Medicine):

Potato plant poisoning - green tubers and sprouts
Potato plant poisoning occurs when someone eats the green tubers or new sprouts of the potato plant. The poisonous ingredient is solanine (very toxic even in small amounts).

Message heard! No leaf nibbling for us from those barrels!

Leafy plant with white flowers
Flowering Potato Plant July 2021 (zone 8b)


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