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How to Eat Mulberry Leaves in a Salad

author image Krissi Maarx
Krissi Maarx is a freelance writer who has written Web content since 2006. She holds an Associate of Applied Science in human services, with studies focusing on holistic healing, mental health care and medicinal botany. As a pet groomer, too, Maarx writes many dog-related articles for print and the Web.
How to Eat Mulberry Leaves in a Salad
You must cook mulberry leaves before adding them to a salad. Photo Credit rvimages/iStock/Getty Images

Various cultures have relied on leaves from red and white mulberry trees for their medicinal properties. The American Diabetes Association notes that mulberry leaves may reduce blood glucose levels for the treatment of type 2 diabetes. Leaves from the white mulberry have also been used for sore throats, eye infections and colds, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The plant can cause gastrointestinal distress and headaches if prepared improperly, however, so it is very important that you consult your doctor for guidance before eating mulberry leaves for medicinal purposes.

Step 1

Collect young, unopened mulberry leaves in the spring. Once the leaves mature and open, they are toxic and no longer edible, naturalist Steve Brill warns in his book "Identifying and Harvesting Edible and Medicinal Plants in Wild (and Not So Wild) Places."

Step 2

Rinse the leaves in running water to clean them, then boil them for 20 minutes.

Step 3

Drain the water and pat the cooked leaves dry with paper towels.

Step 4

Toss the leaves with greens and other vegetables of your choice to create a salad.

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