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Are maple leaves edible?

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

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  1. been raking? ;)

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

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

        1. re: lgss

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

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

            1. 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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              1. re: Sam Fujisaka

                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.

                1. re: Ruth Lafler

                  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. 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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                1. re: scubadoo97

                  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. 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.

                  1. 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

                    1. Tempura maple leaves are a fall treat in Japan. I was planning on trying this myself later.