Turns out they are edible – and healthy. See, waste aside, strawberry leaves actually have some pretty cool healing properties. They have been proven to relieve gastrointestinal complaints and joint pain. They also don’t taste that bad – a bit like spinach or other leafy greens.
The leaves have been used as a diuretic to remove gravel and stones and to promote general kidney health while improving the condition of the blood, stimulating metabolism and as a general tonic. In the female reproductive system, strawberry leaves have been shown to inhibit menstruation.
The leaves contain tannins, an organic substance that binds to other foods and aids in digestion, Livestrong says. Just adding them to your favorite smoothie recipe might alleviate some lurking digestive problems.
Most of us are used to cutting off strawberries before eating or baking, but the whole berry – pulp, leaves, stems and all – is perfectly edible.
Place four strawberry slices and a pinch of strawberry leaves and stems in a tea bag or teapot. Pour the boiled water (which should be between 176 and 185 degrees) over the tea and cover with a saucer or lid. Let the tea steep for three minutes.
Hydrogen cyanide (HCN) is a very deadly poison.
As a result, strawberry leaves are extremely toxic during this decay period and should not be consumed under any circumstances.
As mentioned, they are fully edible and add an extra boost of leafy greens to your smoothie. The strawberry leaves and stems also contain many health benefits. They are rich in vitamin C, iron and calcium.
In late summer or fall, when the plants have finished fruiting, it’s a good idea to prune away any old leaves. Treat each plant individually and trim neatly with scissors or large scissors.