In today's Curious Cook column I write about tomato leaves, which have an undeservedly toxic reputation. Like other members of the disreputable nightshade family, tomato plants do contain alkaloids, but the tomato alkaloid is poorly absorbed in the body and lowers LDL cholesterol levels. Tomato leaves have occasionally been used as a herb without any reported problems. Their flavor runs from viney to grassy to tea-like, depending on how they're handled.
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