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    WTF rhubarb

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    i love rhubarb. WHY am i suddenly reading that it's leaves are poisonous?!
    hahaha i used to cook them up in garlic and oil ALL THE TIME.... am i crazy? am i going to die now?
    please tell me it is a myth.
    also, are the stalks safe for a nursing mama? i assume so, but just want to be sure.
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    thanks, lynna. i am reading in that link that it would take approx 11lbs of the leaves to cause symptoms of the poisoning in a 145lb human...
    since i was only eating like a leaf at a time and weigh 110, i guess i couldn't gobble enough up to die!
    yay! i'm alive!

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    Hah...wow
    I thought it was just something everyone knew :P

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    My grandma made me remove leaves and only eat stalks ever since I could walk in her garden.... I guess it is a wise precaution for a small kid.
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    My mother would make rhubarb pudding and always told us that the leaves were poisonous. I think my grandfather would grow it in his garden and give it my mom, along with the many other vegetables he grew. I, too, thought it was something everyone knew. The produce departments always sell the stalks only.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cookie View Post
    thanks, lynna. i am reading in that link that it would take approx 11lbs of the leaves to cause symptoms of the poisoning in a 145lb human...
    since i was only eating like a leaf at a time and weigh 110, i guess i couldn't gobble enough up to die!
    yay! i'm alive!
    Um, that's 11lbs of leaves to cause death in 50% of 145lb people. Symptoms of poisoning can occur at lower levels.

    I was also taught not to eat the leaves.
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    i wonder why i didn't really react to it ever. maybe i just ignored the symptoms,... burning mouth and red urine... seriously, i didn't get sick from it that i can remember.
    i thought it was a wive's tale.

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    also, when i purchased it at wholefoods back then, the leaves came on the stalks, so i assumed it was ok, like chard.

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    We had a little patch of rhubarb in the back yard when I was a boy. Mom always gave my sister and I a stern warning every spring to not even touch the leaves. Like we couldn't tell the difference between strawberry rhubarb pie and raw rhubarb leaves.... She probably imagined us grazing freely.

    So I never tried the leaves, but did find the secret to anything made with the stalks is a bit of cinnamon or some fresh ginger.

    What do the leaves taste like? I'm imagining spinach.

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