Drumroll please... The mystery greens to the left (Mystery Greens A) are sweet potato leaves that have spent a few days in the refrigerator. I had assumed that they would be poisonous like potato leaves, but these are edible. The stems are tough, but the tender leaves can be eaten stir-fried or steamed. I remember trying them last year, so I picked them up when I saw them at the Richmond farmer's market. I don't remember how I ate them before, but this time I over-steamed them and served them with salt and butter. Absolutely disgusting, and now I have no desire to try it again unless I am trapped on a desert island with nothing but sweet potato leaves to sustain me. But don't let that stop you.
And on to Mystery Greens B. They are still a mystery-I have no idea what they're called. The good news is that these mystery greens are wonderful. They taste like a cross between romaine lettuce and mustard greens. They are lightly bitter, and I am sure I'm a little healthier for eating them even if I couldn't prove it. I also believe they have an affinity with beef tallow. If you have any left over from making calcium broth, sauté these in the reserved fat with some garlic and salt or soy sauce. This last time I also added a half pound of ground pork. It was so good. It made a great light dinner with taro cake. Buy them at the farmer's market or Ranch 99.
"Mystery Greens A" was a snack for the birds.
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