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What's the story with morning glory?
Sat 21-May-11
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mr. trench
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The Chinese eat a vegetable called morning glory.  It's very nice - even better than pak choi.  Is it the same morning glory we grow as decoration - the blue trumpet shaped flowers that look like bindweed's more interesting younger sister?  It's called ipomoea officially.  Can I eat it?

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Sat 21-May-11
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I was researching a vegetable recently and I stumbled across info on this; if I understood correctly then the root is a false form of sweet potato; a google search will bring up the right pages to confirm this

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I remember reading that the seeds of morning glory are mildly hallucinogenic. Not sure whether it's relevant to anything...

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mr. trench said:

The Chinese eat a vegetable called morning glory.  It's very nice " even better than pak choi.  Is it the same morning glory we grow as decoration " the blue trumpet shaped flowers that look like bindweed's more interesting younger sister?  It's called ipomoea officially.  Can I eat it?

wave I think the Chinese veg you mentioned maybe be Water Spinach (Ipomoea aquatica) & that is perfectly safe to eat. There is a lot of info in the following link.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ipomoea_aquatica

I am pretty sure you should not eat the leaves of morning glory or the seeds as the latter are hallucinogenic.  

Yams & sweet potatoes belong to the same large family & their leaves are not eaten either.

 

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