Jalapeno Leaves

Asked August 23, 2015, 1:36 PM EDT

Are jalapeno leaves edible? We have a small plant and the leaves are tasty. We're thinking to put the leaves in a salad since it's the end of our growing season. The internet is confused. I can't find anything from someone authoritative. Responses vary from 'they're delicious, other countries eat them regularly' to 'you'll die'.

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1 Response

Peppers or Chilies belong to the Solanaceae or Nightshade family, while this family is huge with 98 genera and 2,700 species and with a great diversity of habitats and growing requirements. The subfamily Solanoideae is where chilies, tomatoes, potatoes, tobacco, eggplants and petunias are found. This family contains alkaloids which evolved as a defense strategy against browsing animals eating them. Eating too much of the green leafy parts may cause all sorts of gastrointestinal disorders and possible neurological disorders headache being one. The level of alkaloids in chili plants leaves will vary depending on where and how they were grown. I cannot recommend that you eat them, caution if you do, forewarned if you don’t feel well 8 to 12 hours after eating them.