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Are maple leaves edible?

pikawicca Apr 26, 2008 10:39 AM

Anyone ever eaten these? I'm thinking of trying them stuffed, but I don't want to kill anybody.

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  1. im_nomad RE: pikawicca Apr 26, 2008 10:46 AM

    been raking? ;)

    try this ...
    http://www.naturallist.com/plantedi.htm (I can't comment on the reliability of the site)

    1. Veggo RE: pikawicca Apr 26, 2008 11:16 AM

      I would stick with grape leaves or cabbage, unless you are feeding goats.

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        lgss RE: pikawicca Apr 26, 2008 11:28 AM


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          Veggo RE: lgss Apr 26, 2008 11:38 AM

          Interesting. If we can trade leaves for oil, that's good capitalism. I have youthful memories of drinking a scoop of the cold maple sap, before the syrup boil. I always thought the sap was a worthy beverage in it's own right.

        2. im_nomad RE: pikawicca Apr 26, 2008 04:06 PM

          the other thing with this.....is you'd have to make very sure that you were using untreated, unsprayed leaves from trees no?

          1. Karl S RE: pikawicca Apr 26, 2008 06:35 PM

            Good for caterpillers. I wouldn't bother feeding them to humans.

            1. Sam Fujisaka RE: pikawicca Apr 26, 2008 06:47 PM

              Leaves like mango, coffee, and avocado are nicely edible fresh. The secret is plucking the leaves in the day or two after they emerge. More time and they have too much indigestible cellulose.

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                Ruth Lafler RE: Sam Fujisaka Apr 26, 2008 09:58 PM

                Exactly. Most leaves are edible in the sense that they aren't toxic, but one they're mature they aren't digestible, so you won't get any nutrition and it might cause digestive problems.

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                  JMF RE: Ruth Lafler May 5, 2008 07:00 AM

                  Ruth, actually many leaves that people think are safe are actually toxic. Some that immediately come to mind are Azalea, Rhododendron, Cherry, Philodendron, Daffodils, Hyacinths, Holly, Mistletoe, Poinsettia, and hundreds more. Many of these can be tolerated in very small doses, but aren't actually safe. Many will kill pets due to their small body size compared to amount consumed.

                  Rhubarb leaves are poisonous if you eat it raw or too much of it cooked.
                  Oak, elderberry, black locust, buttercup, larkspur, and bleeding heart leaves are definitely toxic.

              2. scubadoo97 RE: pikawicca Apr 27, 2008 04:08 PM

                We would stuff mulberry leaves. My grandmother used them in Syria and they taste great and are easier to roll than grape leaves due to their shape. We always roll them sideways to leave one end open. My cousin gave me the large leaves from their crop of brussel sprouts. These are the large leaves that grow under the stalk of the sprouts as well as large broccoli leaves. These are not leaves you will see unless you are growing these vegetables but they work well when stuffed.

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                  JMF RE: scubadoo97 May 5, 2008 06:49 AM

                  It's interesting that many cultures may use items for food, that aren't always safe or healthy. Cooked mulberry leaves are fine, as are the very young cooked shoots. But raw they may contain a toxic, hallucinogenic compound. The unripe berries have this in a large amount and are unsafe cooked or raw.

                2. JMF RE: pikawicca May 5, 2008 06:46 AM

                  Foraging for wild edibles is one of my hobbies, and a profession long ago. What type of maple are you talking about? Young, spring Sugar Maple leaves are edible; but not very tasty. I wouldn't even think about using them. The wilted, dried leaves are somewhat toxic to horses and cause some type of anemia. Buy yourself the Petersons field guide to edible Plants. It's the best guide there is to the subject. I collect books on the subject and many others have mistakes and incorrect information. the Peterson guide doesn't even discuss the leaves, which is a big NO to me.

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                    raine1200 RE: pikawicca Jun 30, 2014 04:12 PM

                    Hey good question, I was thinking the same thing, I have many small trees with soft green leaves. I am going to try it, nothing makes me sick. write if you are still wondering. raine1200@yahoo.com

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