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Foods -- Vegetables
Is it safe to eat the leaves of vegetables?
The general rule is if it is not commonly eaten, then there is probably a reason.
Grape leaves - canning instructions:
whole grape leaves, washed
2 tablespoons salt in 1 quart water
1 cup bottled lemon juice
1 quart water
Bring salted water to a boil. Add grape leaves; blanch for 30 seconds. Drain. Form into loose rolls and place upright in pint canning jars. Add lemon juice to second quart of water and bring to a boil. Fill jars to within 1/2 inch of top with hot mixture. Seal. Process 15 minutes in a boiling water bath.
Grape leaves. Freezing instructions:
Wash grape leaves. Blanch in boiling water for 30 seconds. Cool promptly in cold water. Drain. Pack into freezer containers or plastic bags. Freeze.
Radish tops - do not eat. High nitrate.
Rutabaga leaves - do not eat. Large quantities may cause digestive upset.
Rabbit tobacco leaves - species Gnaphalium obtusifolium. Plant is safe for human use. Dried leaves can be used as an herb.
Beet leaves - young tender leaves are edible. Use raw or cooked.
Carrot tops - do not eat, are high in nitrate.