cooking zuchini leaves

klovescats79June 20, 2014

HI I made soup with zuchini leaves but now im worried because I read they were sasfe but then read that lesves from a matured plant ould be bitter which im not worried about but could leaves from a mature plant be poisonous? And could taking leaves off ruin the plant

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theforgottenone1013(MI zone 5b/6a)

The link below is to a previous discussion that took place here several years ago regarding this topic.

Rodney

Here is a link that might be useful: Are winter squash leaves edible?

    Bookmark   June 20, 2014 at 3:54PM
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loribee2(CA 9)

Wow, learn something new every day!

    Bookmark   June 20, 2014 at 4:02PM
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donna_in_sask

Zucchini blossoms maybe, but leaves? No way, there are a lot of other alternatives before I'd resort to eating leaves of a zucchini plant.

    Bookmark   June 20, 2014 at 6:22PM
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Slimy_Okra(2b)

Not poisonous, although I've never heard of people eating zucchini leaves. In Africa, pumpkin leaves are eaten and they are a close relative.

    Bookmark   June 20, 2014 at 6:35PM
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sleevendog

The young leaves with some stem can be quite good. Before they get fuzzy, prickly.
A better edible leaf is on the serpent or also called Cucuzzi. It is actually an edible gourd and has a smooth leaf. I prefer it so don't bother with the regular zuc leaves.

Last year the first frost was so late i had a whole second crop and did cut all the fresh growth for a meal but that is rare...

I also grow a variety that produces an unusual abundance of flower for stuffing...
A local nursery sells this seed provider so i grow a bit of these...
(good pole beans as well)

Here is a link that might be useful: Franchi

    Bookmark   June 20, 2014 at 7:16PM
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