The taste of groundhogs
Ha! I would wager that at least 9 of 10 readers have misinterpreted my subject line. This is about exploration of the taste preferences of groundhogs and not about what they taste like.
Groundhogs love sweetpotatoes, both the foliage and the tubers. Consequentially the Tatorman is not fond of groundhogs. Last year I had one that managed to breach my electric fencing for an extended period of time before being effectively dealt which. I noted that of my five varieties grown it mostly confined it's predation to two varieties. While there are other possible explanations, I wondered if this reflected a taste preference. Sweet potato greens can be eaten as a cooked green and as such are popular in some Asian cuisine. I have tried then as cooked greens in the past but do not routinely eat them as I find picking enough to be worthwhile to be a bit tedious. Contributing to this is the fact I was harvesting just the last 3 or 4 inches of the vines since longer than that the mainstems are tough. I decided to revisit this recently instead harvesting leaves only of any age and found that these could be cooked to tender in a reasonable length of time, ~20-30 minutes. This makes for faster harvesting. I tried one variety at a time, two of which were not preferred by last year's problem groundhog and one which was. Bottom line was that I found all three to be very similar. Perhaps groundhogs have a more discriminating palate but who knows? No mystery solved here.