Greg, here’s a bit of 411 about this plant. It’s name is Paederia lanuginosa but it has many common names - skunk vine, sewer vine, chicken shit vine...etc. The common names refer to the smell it give off if bruised. I have eaten the leaves raw and cooked....and they don’t taste like cheese to me. The leaves are velvety so texture is kind of, IMO, off putting. Boiled the texture becomes more like sandpaper. By themselves, the leaves have a strong taste and are somewhat bitter. They are best cut into smaller pieces and cooked in with other foods. They are actually pretty good in a soup with a little soy sauce. The plant itself is gorgeous. It has dark green velvety leaves with purple undersides and grows rapidly. It also has very pretty flowers. I keep mine in the greenhouse for now but, I’m going to put a few in the ground this spring to test their hardiness. Here in Northwest Florida, I suspect that they will probably die back in winter and resprout again in the spring.
As of now, I’m not sure how cold hardy it is yet. I am not growing this plant so much for a food plant, although that’s a plus, but more as a medicinal plant. It has many uses including use as an anti inflammatory, stool softener, digestive problems as well as others. A mixture of the leaves in water is also good for killing aphids in the garden. Lastly.... the smell. Different cultivars have varying degrees of odor coming from the leaves when bruised, the stronger the odor, the stronger the medicinal properties. The cultivar I grow.....lives up to the common name sewer vine because the leaves on my vine smell very strong. I just wanted to throw all that at you so you will know a little bit more about what this plant is and isn’t. I hope this helps.