Canadian-Egyptian Fusion: Stuffed Maple Leaves

One of the popular dishes in Egypt, as well as all over the eastern Mediterranean is stuffed vine leaves.The recipe is not a simple one, but it is basically rice mixed with tomato paste, parsley, minced meat that is cooked first. Separately, the vine leaves are blanched in boiling water. The mix is then stuffed in the leaves which are rolled so that the rice does not fall off. It is served with a youghurt dip that has crushed garlic and  cucumbers.Maple trees are all too common in Southern Ontario. The leaves looked very similar to the vine leaves. Since maple syrup is made from the sap of the tree, one can assume that the leaves are safe to eat too.So, the tree in the backyard served as the source for this experiment.The leaves were collected in May, shortly after the leaves unfolded from the long winter. After being treated exactly like the vine leaves, the result is that they are almost undistingushable, although the maple can be a bit tougher.They taste good. One can make some money selling canned maple leaves to Mid Eastern groceries.

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I am still alive

We had them twice for dinner.

They are delicious. Vitually indistinguishable from vine leaves, although a bit tougher and more chewy.

And I am still here posting on the net ...
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Khalid Baheyeldin

Toxic to horses

I talked to my dad and he said that red maple leafs are toxic to horses and over time will cause anemia, he is a vet... So I would still advise you to talk to someone in the know before continuing to eat these things.

Correct

Your father is correct. Here are the details on maple leaf toxicity to horses.

The tree in my back yard seems to be Sugar Maple, and not red maple. Sugar maple leaves are edible to deer, moose, and hares.

Gallic acid is present in other things, such as tea, as well as sumac, which is used as a spice in the Middle East. Gallic acid does not seem to be harmful to humans, and even beneficial (anti-cancer).

Also, the leaves are boiled and the liquid is drained, so most chemicals go away.

Remember that chocolate is toxic to dogs, but not humans.

Thankfully, I am no horse, nor dog ...

I appreciate your caring on this ...
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Khalid Baheyeldin

Maple leaves and human anemia

While I can't say that maple leaves cause anemia, I can comment on the idea that the acids in tea do not cause anemia. Tea is good in moderation, but if tea is brewed too strongly or consumed too frequently, it binds to iron in the digestive tract and creates what used to be used as black ink. Undigestible black ink. If you want to test this out, make some strong tea and toss some rust into it. Check out http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iron_gall_ink to see the popularity of ink based on gallic/tanic acid and ferrous minerals like what you'll find in bread.

Still, like tea, I would continue to consume this food of yours since your leaves probably don't taste disgustingly acidic and you probably don't eat them three meals a day.