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Oct 26, 2007 04:41 PM

Are lemon leaves edible?

I'm making a shrimp dish tonight that normally contains lemon rind. My neighbor's lemon tree is out of ripe ones, but I picked some leaves and they smell fantastic when you tear them. Can they be used to perfume my dish? Don't want to eat them but they would be simmered in the stock that the shrimp get poached in .

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  1. That sounds iffy to me. Why don't you use some other citrus zest?

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    1. re: chocolatetartguy

      I know there are lime leaves in many Thai dishes so I doubt it would kill you.

      1. re: brendastarlet

        Thanks. Actually I finally worded my google request correctly and found several really interesting recipes using the lemon leaves as a grilling bed or grilling wrapper. This may open a whole new flavor door. Oh- the lime leaves in Thai are Keffir lime leaves which area different plant with odd shaped twin leaves.

    2. I treat them just like lemongrass...a quick lick and perhaps a bite or two to release any of the oils that still remain, and then they're placed on the rim of my plate.