Chile Pepper Leaves - Knowledgebase Question

Lincoln, NE
Question by park57
June 13, 1998
Are the leaves of chile pepper plants such as jalepenos, cayennes and others edible? If "yes" are there any particularly good uses for the leaves in cooking?

Answer from NGA
June 13, 1998


Peppers, like tomatoes, are members of the Night Shade family. The foliage of either plant can be poisonous if consumed, but the fruit is perfectly safe to eat. Don't use the leaves of pepper plants in cooking or in salads, or even as a garnish on a plate!

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